MIKE O’KANE: Just Playing

3 June – 23 July 2017

Mike O’Kane last exhibited at the Eastern Southland Gallery 2012, with the On Assignment photographic series featuring play-worn matchbox toys in life-sized modern scenes.

For this exhibition O’Kane has created two new series of works. The first has model trains pretending to be dynamic and authentic, while the second shows a somewhat darker view; playing with more or less fighting machines.  The role of play takes centre stage in this work, and utilising Photoshop software has enabled him to create a playground of altered time and scale.  


Mike O’Kane has a fine arts degree from Otago Polytechnic School of Art, where he majored in sculpture in 1997, with photography as his sub-major.  For several years after graduating, he lectured part-time at the Otago Polytechnic School of Art, and School of Design.


Mike O’Kane, Unknown Jet Over Tennyson Inlet, photograph


Monday to Friday 10am – 4.30pm
Weekends and Public Holidays 1- 4pm
Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day,
Boxing Day and New Years Day
Admission Free, donations appreciated
Download latest newsletter (PDF)

Contact Us

Eastern Southland Gallery,

PO Box 305, Gore 9740,

14 Hokonui Drive, Gore 9710, 

Southland, New Zealand

Phone 0064 (0)3 208 9907

Email artgallery@goredc.govt.nz

  • Facebook - Grey Circle
  • Instagram - Grey Circle

© 2018 Eastern Southland Gallery

Site by Jacqueline Byars Design