born 1968, Palmerton North, Lives and works in Auckland
Anton Parsons works with a broad range of media encompassing industrial materials, ready made objects, photography and installation. Concepts are realised with seemingly insignificant ephemera which when redefined, reconstructed and represented can often accrue new meaning. In essence ‘sculpted’ materials become signifiers or clues to his continually evolving conceptual position.
The emptiness at the centre of many of Parsons’ sculptures is comparable to the breaks between tracks of music, the silences when the brain’s response to music is triggered rather than by the sounds themselves. Parson’s practice is a visual pause for thought, a pause not to be viewed as nothing happening, as it is the pause itself which becomes the event. His practice is validation that for there to be nothing there must be something and nothing is infinite.
Anton Parsons has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Fine Art at the University of Canterbury. His work is in numerous public art gallery and private collections. He has commissioned work in public and private spaces in New Zealand, including the High Court in Wellington. Represented by Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch, and Suite, Wellington.