size: 185 x 115 mm diameter base
media: 0.5mm graphite, bell jar
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Exhibitions by Peter Trevelyan
bruce foster, brett graham, peter trevelyan, kate woods
wai 9 may - 9 june 2018
line and plane 28 june - 22 july 2017
diagrammatic 29 july - 22 august 2015
lonnie hutchinson, monique jansen & peter trevelyan
13 august - 6 september 2014
ambiguous topographies 28 august - 21 september 2013
ruth thomas-edmond and peter trevelyan
built drawings 17 july - 18 august 2012
Drawing and sculpture are entwined in Peter Trevelyan's practice with both two and three-dimensional works 'drawn' in fine pencil lead, paper, plastic or other media. An investigation of the role of drawing is at the heart of his work. The tool of drawing becomes the material of sculpture.
His signature material, tiny 0.5mm graphite, mechanical pencil leads are joined together to create "astonishing" sculptures that may also be seen as built drawings. Joined together in a diverse range of geometrically simple and complex structures, the works vary in scale from small to as large as six metres. With its mixture of fragile material and tensile strength, the work audaciously challenges forces of gravity to create a visceral response in the viewer.
"Exquisite enough in themselves, it is once the viewer becomes cognisant of the materials employed that the response can only be one of astonishment." Peter Dornauf, eyecontactsite.com
Trevelyan graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury in 2000 and completed a PhD at Massey University's School of Fine Arts in 2014. He has built up an impressive exhibition history which has included several major temporary public art works and over 25 public gallery exhibitions. His work is in public and private collections in New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong.