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The Indefinite Article

ArtistMichael Parekowhai
Production Date1990
Mediumwood and acrylic
Size2489 x 6096 x 356 mm
DepartmentNew Zealand Art
Accession Date15 Oct 2009
Accession No2009/26.1-5
Credit LineAuckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and Chartwell Collection, purchased with generous assistance from Jim Barr and Mary Barr, 2009


The Indefinite Article was made in 1990. It is simply constructed from angled and joined pieces of plywood to spell the letters I, A, M, H, E. The letters are painted with white acrylic paint. The five parts to the work are each variable in dimension and the components spell the phrase I AM HE. The Indefinite Article was curated by George Hubbard into the 1990 exhibition Choice! presented at Auckland’s ARTSPACE. Michael Parekowhai created this work while he was a student at Elam School of Fine Arts.


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