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Peter Trevelyan

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Peter Trevelyan
at Zimmerman Art Gallery
1 May 2013 - 31 May 2013

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Peter Trevelyan is fascinated by logic based constructions; the theories, maps and drawings by which we seek to model, understand and explain our world. 

Looping on the screen at ZIMMERMAN is a digital compilation of selected proofs: small graphite constructions, devised by Trevelyan in response to early theories of geometry and perspective. Of primary influence is Gerard Desargues (b. 1593), a French mathematician who invented “projective” geometry. Trevelyan reinterprets Desargues’ theories of geometry and perspective in the form of free-standing, three-dimensional sculptures; structures composed from 0.5mm rods of graphite, that tangibly express and expand Desargues’ early ideas.

A selection of larger Trevelyan sculptures feature in the main gallery space. Intricate and meticulously constructed, the sculptures are formed from graphite and paper. Trevelyan extends these two humble materials, graphite and paper, beyond their original purpose; these base tools for drawing themselves become the material from which the sculptures are formed. The intriguing objects produced range from precise geometrical constructions to more organic, bubbly forms. Several are encased in bell-shaped glasses; precious specimens for collecting and keeping.

On the walls are displayed four of Trevelyan’s photograms. Photograms are negative shadow images produced without the use of a camera. In a darkroom, objects are arranged on top of photographic paper and then exposed to light. Those areas of the paper that receive no light show as white, while areas that receive limited light appear grey. By applying this process to graphite sculptures of varying heights and forms, Trevelyan’s graphite works are elegantly transformed into beautiful, unique photographic images.

Trevelyan graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury in 2000. In 2008, he completed his Master of Fine Arts at Massey University's School of Fine Arts (Wellington). He has worked as a high school art teacher, and is currently completing a PhD.

In 2012 Trevelyan was included in Wellington City Gallery’s Prospect exhibition (a survey of contemporary art practice), and was artist in residence at Te Manawa Art Gallery (Palmerston North). In the same year, he also exhibited major works at Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures (Porirua) and the National Library (Wellington).

We welcome you to call by ZIMMERMAN this month, to view Peter Trevelyan’s works.


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