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"Para by Richard Wearn"
2003-09-23 until 2003-10-18
NZ New Zealand (Aotearoa)
New Zealand artist Richard Wearn has been based in the United States since
graduating from Elam School of Fine Art in 1993. After completing Master
studies at the University of Southern California, Wearn has exhibited
prolifically and successfully in the States, but his work has not often
been seen in New Zealand.
Para, Wearn's project for The Physics Room this month, will be the first
chance for New Zealand audiences to see the work of the expatriate
Canterbury artist. Like many of his generation, Wearn has found opportunity
and success in other parts of the world, most recently completing an artist
residency at the Headlands Centre for the Arts in San Francisco. Settled
back at home temporarily to exhibit and visit family, Wearn will spend
several months in Christchurch before returning to the States to take up
tenure as Assistant Professor of Foundations at the University of
In Para, Wearn presents his inflatable PVC modular sculptural pieces.
Adopting the idiom of minimalism, and utilising the modernist myth of the
artwork as "a problem resolved", Wearn forces us to reconsider the position
of the art object in relation to every other object in the world. His
easily transportable and re-programmable pieces also suggest the potential
for artworks to re-programme our thinking and behaviour towards art, by
inviting or tempting the viewer to respond.