'Just Playing' contains three bodies of new work:
- The model trains in Fellow Travellers (2016) invert scale references, allow for 1:1 scale qualities, and create unlikely combinations of the local and the exotic.
- Collateral Damage (2016-17) is a term which is often used to excuse the human casualties of military activity. These artworks are Mike’s admission of an adolescent enjoyment of models of war machines, where there is a blurred boundary between attractive and deadly; and oddly where there is still pleasure to be found.
- The panoramic railway scenes (2017) open up room for alternate visions to co-exist.
Michael O'Kane has a fine arts degree from Otago Polytechnic, and has taught on their fine arts degree programme. He has had solo exhibitions in a number of galleries; for example The Eastern Southland Gallery in 2012 and 2017, The Forrester Gallery, The Suter Gallery, the Inge Doesburg Gallery, the MacAtamney Gallery, Photospace in Wellington in 2012, and the Robert Piggott Gallery in Dunedin. A number of Mike’s works are held in public and private collections.