The five men whose works feature in the Altered Egos exhibition each have a gift of a superpower. They can each redefine the sense of self through illustration. Just by the simple move of a pen, they can turn sneakers into something fabulous.
Altered Egos highlights the artist's ability to change or alter our perceptions of self, simply by using line and shade and texture.
The interactive exhibition of illustration and animation features two world-class illustrators from Mangere - Michel Mulipola and Ali Cowley alongside a group of emerging illustration or animation talents from around Tamaki Makaurau. This is their first exhibition as a collective and alongside their work the public can see much more.
They have used techology to demonstrate some behind the scenes working methods, such as 3D printing, animation and holograms. Altered Egos celebrates the work of pop-culture creative industries that don't often find their way into a gallery.
It underscores the impact of the trend in graphic novems in current literature. More importantly however, it gives visibility to masculine creative identity on a large and inspiring scale.
Altered Egos features the works of some of the Pacific's best - Ali Cowley, Michel Mulipola, Nanai Tolovae Jr, Jimmy Vea and Te Iwihoko Te Rangihirawea and is on at Mangere Arts Centre from now - 14 Jan 2017!