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Ben Pearce: Good Morning Houseplants


Fri 9 Nov 2012, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 10 Nov 2012, 10:00am–2:00pm
Wed 14 Nov 2012, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 15 Nov 2012, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 16 Nov 2012, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Paulnache, Upstairs 89 Grey St, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: PAULNACHE

PAULNACHE presents Ben Pearce: Good Morning Houseplants, 19 October – 17 November 2012.

Opening: Friday, 19th of October, 6pm-late

There are moments of inadequacy and simple sorrows that fluctuate within our human experience. Often in these moments we attempt to liberate and empower ourselves out of these episodes through the use of various self realising affirmations and cliches. A whole market of self help style books and seminars has sprouted up over the years as the human experience of the 'real' becomes ever more removed in our digital age.

Pearce reconfigures some of these simple phrases after plundering various books on mind control, success, memory building books and random self help guides. Says Pearce, "I'm really interested in the inner emotions and sociological behaviour of people as abstract works, as landscapes. I'm aware of the associated memories people have to 2 dimensional works, such as story books or diagrams and I am playing to this aspect somewhat"

Pearce is well known for his deft reconfiguration of objects and textures, blending these together and delivering potent artworks that amuse and intrigue. Often these works emit a sense of loneliness and absence. The main motif running throughout his significant oeuvre of sculpture is the simple rock form. Pearce uses these forms as signifiers of human emotions and psychological states. Seemingly inert material becomes imbued with life as groupings make caves, tunnels and brain shaped masses. Rocks are piled up and balanced upon each other creating a tension that mirrors our own states back to us; often balanced, barely, and a simple shake up could topple the whole thing down…

Words by Daniel Clifford

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