Created: Sunday, 24 July 2016 11:28
Ben Pearce's Stone Age Eight Gauge
The winning work of this year’s Fieldays No. 8 Wire National Art Award is now on show in the foyer of MTG Hawke’s Bay.
Leading Hawke’s Bay artist Ben Pearce won the award with his artwork titled ‘Stone Age Eight Gauge’.
The Fieldays No.8 Wire Award celebrates the ingenuity of New Zealanders, particularly the ability to make do with any available resource. To enter the competition, artists must create an artwork that consists of at least 50 percent number 8 wire.
While many artists choose to create on a large scale, Pearce did the opposite, carving his winning artwork from the wire to create tiny steel shards.
"On closer inspection, these tarnished and dented forms begin to resemble ancient artifacts such as spearheads and arrowheads and fragments of stone tools," says MTG Art Curator Jess Mio. These remnants from another time and place transcend national borders, showing that the number 8 wire mentality is global.
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