History of Art
size: 300 x 230 x 55 mm
media: 0.5mm graphite, found book
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Exhibitions by Peter Trevelyan
line and plane
28 june - 22 july 2017
29 july - 22 august 2015
lonnie hutchinson, monique jansen & peter trevelyan
13 august - 6 september 2014
28 august - 21 september 2013
ruth thomas-edmond and peter trevelyan
17 july - 18 august 2012
Drawing and sculpture are entwined in Peter Trevelyan's practice with 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. As he has said: "A drawing is a plan, a preliminary visualisation of something to be undertaken in the physical world. Drawing is an ancient technology, a system for postulating, organising and mapping information about the physical world and manipulating it in order to change or affect that world."
Patient careful craftsmanship, the slow meticulous creation of form through the assemblage of repeated elements and an interest in the architecture of space are also characteristics of his elegant, refined works, which speak to the world's structures but also to fragility and ethereality - both practically and metaphorically.
Forged from in his interest in the history of mathematics Trevelyan's pieces, large and tiny, transit possibilities from antiquity through utopian architecture to future focused nanotechnology.
"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
Peter Trevelyan graduated with a BFA from the Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury in 2000. He completed his MFA at Massey University's School of Fine Arts in 2008 and a PhD in 2014. His work is in public and private collections in New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong.
Peter has been exhibiting since 2000 and has built up an impressive exhibition history which has include several major temporary public art works. Recent public exhibitions include Solo, Dowse Art Museum 2014-15; The Euclid Set, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 2014; The Crystal Line, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 2014; Submission, Engine Room Gallery, Massey University, Wellington, 2014; Survey II, National Library Wellington, 2012; Tenuous, Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures, Porirua 2012; Selected proofs, Sofa Gallery, University of Canterbury 2012; Prospect, City Gallery Wellington, 2011; The light fantastic, City Gallery Wellington, 2010; The mimetic brotherhood, Four Plinths Sculpture Project, Wellington Waterfront, 2009-10; The incompleteness theorem, The Physics Room, Christchurch, 2008; actron and reactron, Enjoy Gallery, Wellington, 2007.