School of Design

Hylozoic Series: Vesica - Philip Beesley

Date: 19 April – 10 June 2012 Time: 10.00 am
Venue: City Gallery Wellington

hylozoic series: vesica

“Hylozoic Ground” Venice 2010 © PBAI

Hylozoic Series: Vesica. Premier of Philip Beesley’s Work in New Zealand in collaboration with the School of Design and City Gallery Wellington

We are very pleased to announce the premier exhibition of work by the internationally renowned artist and architect Philip Beesley in New Zealand. Vesica will be exhibited at Wellington's City Gallery beginning 18 April 2012 to coincide with the DeSForM 2012 Conference: Meaning Matter Making which was hosted by the School of Design 18-20 April 2012.

The environmental kinetic sculptural installation by Philip Beesley derives from a stratum of ethereal lacework composed of floating interlinking layers. The work conveys a subtle quality of hovering, organic movement and with gently vibrating fields of skeletal elements captures the otherwise imperceptible air currents produced by participant viewers. The integration of chemistry and biology within the composition of the sculptural body is an expression of Beesley’s evolving concept of ‘living architecture’. This work integrates shared values of human caring, environmental and urban sustainability with immersive creativity and experimentation. These values are framed within a philosophy that sees humanity as participant in the complex negotiations between nature, culture and technology that increase in complexity as we look into the future.  The exhibition also aligns strongly with the City of Wellington's 2040 initiative that addresses fundamental questions of future living and city making in the 21st century.

The exhibition will be held in one of the city's key cultural institutions, the City Gallery Wellington, te whare toi, and will be shown in the prestigious Hirschfeld Gallery.

Hylozoic Series: Vesica flyer (PDF, 1,861 KB)

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