NZSOS 2018

Oliver Stretton-Pow

What inspires your art practice?
Currently investigating interactive strategies, choreography of sculptural elements onto the chassis of my infrastructure prototypes. I am interested in assemblage, the massing of components to introduce a fractured narrative that can be interpreted from multiple perspectives.

What materials do you work in?
Wood, steel, bronze, glass, rubber, resin, concrete and so on

Briefly describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2018.
The public can manipulate the pitch and yaw of the sculpture helping or hindering the process of construction - often reversing all of the previous participants’ efforts (as they fall off). One moment it is a static thing in itself to be meditated upon, the next it becomes a fully blown kinaesthetic experience to be manipulated, interfered with and changed. Under the city a labyrinth of tunnels and catacombs, stairwells and ladders probe and undulate in free space rather like the roots of a living thing suddenly exposed to scrutiny.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZ Sculpture OnShore?
In my gallery on Waiheke island

Where did you study?
University of Auckland

www.oliverstrettonpow.com


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