John Ioane

Coconut Ruff installation
1) Pine, paint, shellac, resin
178 x 80 x 40 cm
"Science and spirituality are the most allusive animals to our survival as a species, they are both one and the same. Do we really believe this phenomenon! To be Samoan is to be human. For me island crossing indicates freedom of movement through religion, language and culture, spirited by the idea that we need others to live in concert with nature."



John Ioane
Born 1962
John Ioane was born in Christchurch and is a New Zealand born Samoan multi - media artist, renowned for his abilities as a painter and sculptor but also for his enigmatic installation pieces and his dynamic performances. Ioane sees performance, sculpture and sound as one and the same.
"I like to get people involved in the actual installation in much the same way as Polynesian culture involves sound everyday in all its major rituals and celebrations. Ioane's sculptures frequently reflect his admiration of natural forms found in coastal environments."

Coconut Ruff 2000
1) Pine, paint, shellac, resin
178 x 80 x 40 cm
2) Oregan Pine (four seedpods)
60 x 15 x 8 cm each
3) Painted Tapa on board (wall relief)
76 x 80 x 12 cm
4) Acrylic on canvas
148 x 122 cm
5) Compact disc
14 x 13 cm

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