The Art of Science: Peter Trevelyan’s Delicate Geometry

Peter Trevelyan, detail from Tenuous, 2012
Peter Trevelyan, detail from Tenuous, 2012

As an artist looking at other people’s work, I am always intrigued by artists doing things that I couldn’t possibly do myself. Things, for example, requiring extraordinary patience, dexterity and complicated geometry.  Things like the work of New Zealand artist Peter Trevelyan, who makes “built drawings” – fragile, airy sculptures made of fine graphite rods (the lead from mechanical pencils) held together with glue.

Trevelyan’s work is informed by a broad range of influences. His interest in mathematics, drawing and architecture are evident in his sculptures. Less obvious, perhaps, is his fascination with theories of social systems. Some of his sculptures look at social systems as a collection of individual decisions – each individual pencil lead – which combine to form a structure that can be symmetrical and beautiful or oddly misshapen and rather menacing.

You can find more images and information on the website of Trevelyan’s gallery, Bartley + Company.

Author: michelebanks1

Artist and blogger

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