by Anton Parsons for SCAPE Public Art Season 2017
Two impressive sculptures forged from metal by Auckland-based artist Anton Parsons, Myopia and Acquiesce, are here in residence at the Christ’s College Quadrangle. Myopia
Acquiesce, like Myopia, also features patterning in braille, but the meaning of the text is more ambiguous. It could be a highly sophisticated code or pure decoration, or something in-between. The form is an abbreviated version of the seam of a tennis ball, a linear shape that Parsons has been working with since 2006. This seam is a clever geometrical solution to form a robust 3D sphere from a 2D surface. Here the form has less a utilitarian role, more a metaphorical one. The form has no beginning or end; it is endless. The application of braille to a 3D four-sided profile further challenges a simple translation, and offers the viewer scope for interpretation.
Based in Auckland, Anton Parsons is one of New Zealand's leading sculptors. He graduated from the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts in 1990. His work is held in public and private collections throughout New Zealand. Parsons’ practice has embraced a wide range of media and modes: industrial materials, readymade objects, photography and installation. His works engage physical space in profound, often unsettling ways through apparently simple means.