Graduating with a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Auckland University of Technology in 2009, he returned in 2013 to complete his Masters and is currently in the process of Doctoral studies. John has been included in a number of performances and exhibitions nationally and internationally. Based in Auckland, John predominately works with sculpture, moving image and performance exploring the results of Pacific migration and gentrification of New Zealand.
John’s work makes both the act of physical labour as well as the implications of being a
John’s work Finish this week off and that’s it! was first made in 2009 and remade again in 2014 for Welcome, Artspace. It is made up of five life size projections filmed a week apart of the artist holding a large rock for as long as he can before disappearing out of view. For the duration of the filming John ate below the poverty line ($2.25 per week), tracking the changes of his body and strength. By highlighting the physical impact of eating on this budget, John reminds us that those who are limited to this budget quite often have physically demanding jobs. Finish this week off and that’s it! is a subtle allegory to an invisible underclass of today’s society.
John has exhibited in a number of group and solo exhibitions including: Honolulu Biennial, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2017; Influx, ST PAUL St Gallery, 2016; Talanoa, Colloquies of The Unrecognised Worker, MTG Hawke's Bay, 2015; Welcome, ARTSPACE, 2014; What’s the hurry?, Ramp Gallery, 2014; Tonga’ I Onopooni, Tonga Contemporary, Pataka Art + Museum, 2014; Close To Home, St Paul St Gallery, 2013; Final Parlour Show, Otahuhu, Leilani Kake and Rebecca Hobbs House, 2013; Ship High In Transition, St Paul St Gallery 3, 2009; Cross, Cross St Gallery, 2008; Fish Bowl Tank, Cross St Gallery, 2007. In 2013 he had a solo show Homage to Hoi Polloi, Papakura Art Gallery, 2013.