Finn Ferrier
sculpture





Available Works



Bag Baguette Urn (2021)


80 meters, 4mm cotton rope

H 220 x W 300 x D 220 mm

This form is made with a hole in the middle of the front, where I have inserted another form inside. The main body and the form have been made with two different natural coloured rope.

This is a meditation on the inside and the outside of things. And how we tend not to think about things we can not see.

While making these soft vessels I adhere to a series of rules; one being that the form must take shape in one direction as one continuous line. No chemical bonds, only friction is used to transform the rope into an object.




Bottle With Handles (2020)


4mm cotton rope

H 290 x W 240 mm     

While making these soft vessels I adhere to a series of rules; one being that the form must take shape in one direction as one continuous line. No chemical bonds, only friction is used to transform the rope into an object.





Covid Cup Level 3.2 (2021)


52 meters, 4mm cotton rope

H 250 x W 270 mm

Diameter at rim 190 mm
Diameter at base 130 mm

This sculpture was made during Lockdown 2021, as an award for anyone who was isolating.







Urn with Handles II (2021)


4mm cotton rope

H 250 x W 230 mm






Reverse Fishtail Vase (2021)


75 meters, 4mm cotton rope

H 310 x W 240 mm

This form is based on the whorls of a shell and how they seem to unfurl and grow.  

While making these soft vessels I adhere to a series of rules; one being that the form must take shape in one direction as one continuous line. No chemical bonds, only friction is used to transform the rope into an object.





Lumpy Bottle (2020)


75 meters, 7mm cotton rope

H 430 x W 300 mm  

Rising, falling, rising.
This bottle is inspired by the whorls on shells. Pushing the rope to become an agent in the final form.  

While making these soft vessels I adhere to a series of rules; one being that the form must take shape in one direction as one continuous line. No chemical bonds, only friction is used to transform the rope into an object.

This work is available from PAGE Galleries, Wellington

https://www.pagegalleries.co.nz

info@pagegalleries.co.nz

Installation images here



End on End Urn (2021)


7mm cotton rope

H 450 x W 250 mm

This is an experiment that took two unfinished pots and merged them together to make a new form. There are two bases joined together.

While making these soft vessels I adhere to a series of rules; one being that the form must take shape in one direction as one continuous line. No chemical bonds, only friction is used to transform the rope into an object.

This work is available from PAGE Galleries, Wellington

https://www.pagegalleries.co.nz

info@pagegalleries.co.nz

Installation images here





Finn Ferrier


(b.1981) lives in Auckland New Zealand. Ferrier has been exhibiting as an artist since 2002. His practice is focused on the object, story telling, materiality and place.

Ferrier’s Wharfware series began in 2009 as an excercise in exploring the materiality of rope.

This website contains a partial archive of my rope-work, representing one part of my practice.

Contact:

finnferrier@orcon.net.nz



Recent Events/ Exhibitions


UPCOMING

Permanent Galleries, NZ Maritime Museum (2022)

2022

Objectspace: Weekly Objects. Series of editioned garlands.
(07-2022)

Soft Landing, Page Galleries, Wellington (02-2022)

Finders, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui (12-2021 - 05-2022)

2021

Finn Ferrier: Ockham Lecture Series, Objectspace, Auckland

Leading Lights, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland.

Meet The Maker: Finn Ferrier. NZ House & Garden Magazine (April 2021)

Changing Threads 2021 Awards, Arts Council Nelson.
Award Finalist


2020

Finn Ferrier: Soft Garniture. Te Uru Art Gallery, Auckland (2020-2021)

A Few Too Many Hangups, 
The Tuesday Club, Auckland


2019

The Nineteen Gallery: Relocating Frances Hodgkins. Auckland Art Gallery (2019)


Wharfware


These rope vessels were originally constructed with idea that they could be made at sea by a sailor, passing time by creating decorative objects for their surrounding. These vessels are the logical progression from the practice of decorative knots.

More recently I have been thinking about my rope works like ceramics. Instead of working with the materiality of clay to express form, I work with rope and the inherent properties of this material. I do not use any chemical bonds. Friction, tension and gravity determine the shapes, along with personal experience and tacit understanding.  

These vessels are made in one direction with one piece of rope, with exception to handles, which are applied afterwards.

The conception of this rope-work series originally came about as an exploration of the ‘critique of preciousness’ a central theme in contemporary jewellery where it is the concept and making that determines the value of the object over a material value.

These vessels are intended to reflect a simple and elegant use of rope and rhythmic forms that allude to the processes of making and cyclical time.

++ See Ockham Lecure Series page for a talk on my practice ++

Photography: Sam Hartnett / Finn Ferrier

finnferrier(at)orcon.net.nz 








All works copyright
Finn Ferrier, 2022





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