We get that contemporary western art is about pushing boundaries and creating a space for the many voices that sit outside cultural and social norms (both western and non-western), we GET that, but we have to agree with the following Puehu korero (a collaborative blog, that features original content on art and culture).
5 October 2010 - Artist Stacey Roper, looks to appeal to the niche racist market. Urban Maori ‘Huffer’ doll. Spraypaint in one hand plastic bag in the other. This from the back of the box:
Totally terrible tales from a South Auckland Hood: She has no life worth living. A write off. Hated at home by her solo mum. Living in a state house. No money for school books. The Teachers think she’s dumb. She’s too embarrassed to go to school and no one really cares. She no longer believes in herself and life for her is a shitty existence. She chooses a chemical escape. She falls into a trap set by societies clichés…to be continued.
This Huffing ‘Urban Maori’ Doll at Rebel Yell gallery on K-Road, comes complete with a hoodie, spraypaint, huffing bag and a spraypaint smear taking the place of a moko (traditional tattoo).
It’s Parrs kitsch meets a k-road stereotype. Don’t you hate it when others start to represent your culture. I prefer the impotent souvineer store kitsch to the power triping gallery shots at hitting tropes that are always out of their cultural venacular.
Imagine one guy with a skin head turning to his mate with a skin head and nodding, thats who this type of bull shit art is for.
EDITOR UPDATE: the doll sells for $500 on the www.staceyroper.com website and the artist is described as such - tattooed, skateboarding, roller derby playing Art Director turned artist, brings you a colourful array of air brushed pop art and repackaged toys from her slightly twisted, humorous and sometimes dark world (her bio states that she was brought up by a middle class family on dairy farm in stratford).