- Barnard McIntyre Nga Puhi, Maori b.1961
|Collection(s)||Collection Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth. Purchased from the Monica Brewster Bequest with the assistance of the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand in 1991.|
|Media||Wood & linoleum|
|Measurements||980 x 970 x 975mm|
He pai kē ki angeau ngā whakaaro ake o te tangata e pā ana ki hāku ranunga āhua, otirā, he maha tonu ngā tīwhiri kua tukuna e au.
—Nā Barnard McIntyre.
Ka kitea te huhua o ngā hononga tikanga i tā Barnard McIntyre whakamahi i te tohu o te rīpeka i tēnei tāreitanga. Kua miramirahia ki te kano whero, ā, he rāngai rīpeka kua wehea ki ngā ānau. Ko ngā ringa ine-ōrite hei tohu i ngā tikanga herekore, i te haumarutanga me te ngā tikanga tiaki i te tangata - ko te Rīpeka Whero. Hei tohu hoki tēnei i te rīpeka pakanga a Riki, arā, ko te tohu i runga i Te Wepu, te haki pakanga o Te Kooti, nāna te hāhi Ringatū.
E mōhiotia whānuitia ana a Barnard McIntyre mo hāna tāreitanga porotaka me ngā toipiripiri i hangaia i ngā 1990 ki te kahupeka me te kiri angiangi o te rākau. He pūhungahunga, me te aha ko hāna mahi katoa he pono, he māori tonu te puta o ngā tohu me ngā āhua - i te karapīpititanga o ngā mea i te roanga o te wā me te hanga piri hoki.
I prefer people to have their own ideas about whatever my mixture of shapes may mean to them, but at the same time I’ve given them a lot of clues.
Barnard McIntyre’s use of the cross motif in this sculpture creates an interconnected group of meanings. Highlighted in red, the repeating crosses are distanced from each other through sweeping curves. With arms of equal measure, these red crosses suggest the international secular symbol for impartiality, protection and humanitarian aid—the Red Cross. They can also be read as the fighting cross of the Archangel Michael, a symbol used on Te Wepu the personal battle flag of Te Kooti, the spiritual leader of the Ringatū faith.
McIntyre is known for his geometric sculptures and collages from the early 1990s that utilise contrasting linoleum and veneer. Roughly made, his works are honest about their construction and the arbitrary nature of the symbols and shapes they combine—as things that gather meaning through time and association.