Finn Ferrier : Wharfware / Wharfwear
New Zealand Maritime Museum
(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.
Recent Events/ Exhibitions
Dowse Museum: acquisition of ‘Covid Cup’ for their collection.
NZ Maritime Museum, acquisition of a body of work for their collection (2022)
New Zealand Maritime Museum, Edmonston Gallery temporary exhibition (2022)
Objectspace: Weekly Objects. Series of editioned garlands.
Soft Landing, Page Galleries, Wellington (02-2022)
Finders, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui (12-2021 - 05-2022)
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.
Finn Ferrier: Soft Garniture. Te Uru Art Gallery, Auckland (2020-2021)
A Few Too Many Hangups,
The Tuesday Club, Auckland
The Nineteen Gallery:
Relocating Frances Hodgkins. Auckland Art Gallery (2019)
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.
Ockham Lecure Series
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Finn Ferrier, 2022