The Art of Modern Fiction
size: 230 x 155 x 35 mm
media: 0.5mm graphite, found book
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Exhibitions by Peter Trevelyan
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 both two and three-dimensional works 'drawn' in fine pencil lead or created with paper. 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 Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury in 2000. He completed his MFA at Massey University's School of Fine Arts in 2008. He has worked as a high school art teacher and and is currently undertaking a PhD. He has built up a solid exhibition history in the public sector in a relatively short time. In early 2012 he was included in City Gallery Wellington's survey of contemporary practice Prospect and recent solo shows include: Tenuous, Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures, Porirua 2012; Selected proofs Sofa Gallery, University of Canterbury 2012; the light fantastic, Hirschfield 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.gg