b. 1968, Palmerston North. Lives in Auckland
Anton Parsons works with a broad range of media encompassing industrial materials, already-made objects, photography and installation. Concepts are realised with seemingly insignificant ephemera which when redefined, reconstructed and re:presented 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 replayed on audio machinery. While music stimulates people’s ability to pay attention, make decisions and update events in their memories, the brain’s response to music is triggered by the silence between the sounds rather than 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’ work is in numerous public and private collections. He has successfully realised commissions in the public and private sectors.
Represented by Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch, and Suite, Wellington.