2017 Artist Ben Pearce

Established in 1991, The Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction is the oldest wine auction in New Zealand.

The Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction presents one major artwork by a feature artist each year.

The Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction presents one major artwork by a feature artist each year.

We were delighted to work alongside one of Hawke’s Bay leading contemporary art galleries, Parlour Projects, and work with the very talented Ben Pearce, who was the 2017 commissioned artist for the 26th wine auction event.

Pearce is an extraordinarily versatile artist and is well respected by the larger art world nationally. He lives and works in Hawke’s Bay but regularly exhibits across New Zealand and internationally.

www.benpearce.nz

Aspect 1, Corton Steel

In his new work Pearce explores how stacking of rock like elements produces empathetic responses; we cannot help but seeing the human form in the work.

The material qualities of Corten steel offer a permanence in a seminally teetering composition. The form hides an inner strength unseen in the outward image, allowing the piece to stand.

The surface of Corten steel produces a rich rust which hardens the surfaces and in-fact protects the underlying steel from corrosion.

In this series of works Pearce cites the artists Antony Gormley, Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Serra and Joseph Beys.

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