Reuben Paterson to unveil glittering tree sculpture - Art Collector

Reuben Paterson, Heirloom, 2013, detail. Courtesy: the artist and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand

29 January 2014 | Reuben Paterson is about to unveil a gold glittered, life size tree sculpture as part of his artist residency at the Govett-Brewster Aotearoa New Zealand Art Gallery.

The Golden Bearing, it will be his largest work to date. Known for his paintings in glitter and diamond dust, this hand sculpted outdoor work will be installed on the idyllic Boatshed Lawn in Pukekura Park, New Plymouth.

The tree form will be deliberately non-specific, simultaneously encouraging and dismissing questions on human relationships with the natural environment. Project curator Meredith Robertshawe stated that the interplay of natural light shimmering over Paterson’s archetypal tree form and its branches, twigs and leaves festooned with tiny particles of glitter will situate this sculptural work in an otherworldly terrain.

Reuben Paterson, Earth, Wind & Fire, 2013, installation view. Courtesy: the artist and Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne

Paterson's work is held in six major New Zealand galleries as well as two in Australia, including the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. His artist residency at Govett-Brewster occurred during a key transitional stage for this institution. While the building is has closed for maintenance work and the construction of a new building, the gallery has maintained an active program through off-site projects, touring exhibitions and residencies. The new Govett-Brewster building is expected to open in 2015.

Paterson will officially open
The Golden Bearing with an artist talk on Saturday 8 February 2014. Those in the area are encouraged to attend and to bring a rug and picnic to enjoy, weather permitting. The Golden Bearing can be seen at Boatshed Lawn, Pukekura Park in New Plymouth from 8 February until 27 July 2014.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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