Ben Pearce
Milk on Metal
27 March - 20 April, 2019
2019-03-27 - 2019-04-20
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Milk on metal suggests ancient alchemical and transformative processes. And in Ben Pearce's sculptures there is something at once otherworldly and familiar. Such dualisms, materially and metaphysically, formally and conceptually, interest him and play out in his work. His sculptures, which often have their starting point in found objects or materials, are both minimal and highly detailed, they are new and they are old, they are contemporary and dystopian. There's a sense of corrosion and hopeful repurposing. Hand-carved bronze glows but its surface is often crater like with dark inner hues.

Pearce works with wood, stone, metal and found objects - slowly carving, assembling, and imbuing his materials with new ideas and life. "I like altering something over a long period of time into a work of art that lasts forever, and sits in a home and is engaged with on a daily basis, and is treasured".

Pearce completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in sculpture, at the Wanganui Quay School of Fine Arts in 2003. He has exhibited regularly with recent highlights including SCAPE Public Art 20th Anniversary Season in late 2018, a major installation for the Hastings Art Gallery - Life will go on long after money - from December 2017 - March 2018. He has been included in group shows exploring contemporary sculpture at The Suter Art Gallery and The City Gallery Wellington. Pearce is the recipient of the No. 8 Wire National Art Award (2016), the Waikato Youth Art Award (2009), and the Wallace Art Award People's Choice Award (2009). He was included in the Warwick Brown book Seen this Century, featuring 100 contemporary New Zealand artists emerging in the 21st century.

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A study in Scarlet
2019
Ben Pearce
Brass
375 x 205 x160 mm
A study in Scarlet
2019
Ben Pearce
Brass
375 x 205 x160 mm
For C Schultz
2019
Ben Pearce
brass on steel shelf
540 x 420 mm
For C Schultz
2019
Ben Pearce
brass on steel shelf
540 x 420 mm
Asteroid 1
2019
Ben Pearce
handcarved bronze
18 mm diameter

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Asteroid 1
2019
Ben Pearce
handcarved bronze
18 mm diameter

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Asteroid 2
2019
Ben Pearce
handcarved bronze
18 x 9 x 10 mm

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Asteroid 2
2019
Ben Pearce
handcarved bronze
18 x 9 x 10 mm

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Crescent IIII
2019
Ben Pearce
handcarved bronze
600 x 135 mm

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Crescent IIII
2019
Ben Pearce
handcarved bronze
600 x 135 mm

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Installation view 3
Installation view 3
Rod 3
2019
Ben Pearce
handcarved bronze
110 x 14 x 18 mm

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Rod 3
2019
Ben Pearce
handcarved bronze
110 x 14 x 18 mm

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Rod 4
2019
Ben Pearce
handcarved bronze
140 x 14 x 18 mm

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Rod 4
2019
Ben Pearce
handcarved bronze
140 x 14 x 18 mm

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Encompass
2019
Ben Pearce
handcarved bronze, stainless steel
230 x 145 x 5 mm

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Encompass
2019
Ben Pearce
handcarved bronze, stainless steel
230 x 145 x 5 mm

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The struggles of Noah
2019
Ben Pearce
bronze, timber and found objects
1700 x 140 x 120 mm

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The struggles of Noah
2019
Ben Pearce
bronze, timber and found objects
1700 x 140 x 120 mm

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Flotsam
2019
Ben Pearce
brass and timber
375 x 180 mm

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Flotsam
2019
Ben Pearce
brass and timber
375 x 180 mm

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Installation view 1
Installation view 1
Moonkey
2019
Ben Pearce
handcarved key
Moonkey
2019
Ben Pearce
handcarved key
Six literal consecutive 24 hour days
2017
Ben Pearce
handcarved bronze
145 x 230 mm

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Six literal consecutive 24 hour days
2017
Ben Pearce
handcarved bronze
145 x 230 mm

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An incomplete circle
2019
Ben Pearce
handcarved bronze
550 mm diameter

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An incomplete circle
2019
Ben Pearce
handcarved bronze
550 mm diameter

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Installation view 2
Installation view 2
Artifact
2019
Ben Pearce
handcarved aluminium Bialetti coffee pot
140 x 80 x 90 mm

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Artifact
2019
Ben Pearce
handcarved aluminium Bialetti coffee pot
140 x 80 x 90 mm

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For Rover
2019
Ben Pearce
bronze, aluminium, precious stones
190 x 240 x 120 mm

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For Rover
2019
Ben Pearce
bronze, aluminium, precious stones
190 x 240 x 120 mm

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Helicoil
2019
Ben Pearce
handcarved bronze and brass
75 x 5 x 90 mm

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Helicoil
2019
Ben Pearce
handcarved bronze and brass
75 x 5 x 90 mm

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The smallest building in the world
2019
Ben Pearce
handcarved bronze, aluminium
45 x 55 x 18 mm

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The smallest building in the world
2019
Ben Pearce
handcarved bronze, aluminium
45 x 55 x 18 mm

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Rod Arrangement 1
2019
Ben Pearce
handcarved bronze
415 x 10 x 18 mm

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Rod Arrangement 1
2019
Ben Pearce
handcarved bronze
415 x 10 x 18 mm

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Rod Arrangement 2
2019
Ben Pearce
handcarved bronze
425 x 10 x 18 mm

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Rod Arrangement 2
2019
Ben Pearce
handcarved bronze
425 x 10 x 18 mm

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Rod Arrangement 3
2019
Ben Pearce
handcarved bronze
275 x 10 x 25 mm

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Rod Arrangement 3
2019
Ben Pearce
handcarved bronze
275 x 10 x 25 mm

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