On September 11, 2012, the BCA Gallery in Rarotonga opened an exhibition of Andy Leleisi’uao: Dandelion People.
It definitely had people talking, as you will see if you drop by to have a read of the 250 Band-Aids installed there, with just about every sacred and profane word or phrase imaginable.
Leave your faint heart at home for this one.
Leleisi’uao is not the first artist to find inspiration in would plasters.
Andrew McPhail has 60,000 on display in “all my little failures”:
And here are Scott Amron’s leather ones:
To our knowledge, though, this is the first apprearance of Band-Aid art in The Cook Islands.
To learn more, here’s the BCA‘s own profile of artist and exhibition:
Early in his career, Leleisi’uao, born in New Zealand of Samoan heritage, was profoundly affected by the treatment of Polynesian migrants within New Zealand society, particularly the infamous dawn raids that specifically targeted the Samoan community of Auckland. His highly eruptive style of painting at the time soon morphed into his renowned, intricately detailed series of ‘ufological’ paintings upon which his new works are partially based.
Actively exhibiting in Auckland, Dunedin, Christchurch, Rarotonga and New York over the past four years, Leleisi’uao’s excitingly animated style of painting is evolving at a rapid pace. The artists well recognized ‘creature-scapes’ are occupied by a morphing, new entity- part alien, part human and part animal. Possessing a new consciousness free of the traditional human paradox, Leleisi’uao’s alternative realms are populated by genesis beings with a new language and an idealistic culture, part faux mythology, part sci-fi – a secular, kaleidoscopic experience.
For the exhibition Dandelion People, the artist presents an installation of 250 individualy painted band-aids (plasters). The exhibition addresses the paralyzing ‘throwaway’ definitions that are broadly applied to many aspects of everyday societal interaction.