Some Other Place
Cast iron and Corten steel
Anton Parsons was born and raised in Palmerston North and currently lives in Auckland. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in sculpture, from Canterbury University School of Fine Arts, Christchurch in 1990.
Some Other Place is an invitation. There is a need to get inside it, to move from the exterior to the interior where the internal dot sequence challenges the viewpoint. These seemingly innocuous rounds make up a braille text about the eye, concentrating on not seeing in the way that is expected, it’s a translation of the physical into an idea. Getting into the middle of Some Other Place skews perception, offering an alternative way of looking at the world, both physically and metaphorically.
He says, "It's a popular mythology that the artist is a bit of a fascist, that he knows what is right for others and his art is the only true take. I much prefer that people approach my art with a sense of curiosity and fill in the gaps themselves." This strategy results in an open experience, questions are raised and answers are unattainable.
Parsons employs a range of media in his oeuvre, industrial materials, readymades objects and photographs.
Parsons is well known and respected for his large scale public and corporate installations. One of his most famous is titled 'Gone Fishing', 2002. Located on the first floor concourse of the Price Waterhouse Coopers tower. It is on a monumental scale which creates an entire 'curtain wall sculpture' that spans over forty metres in length, engulfing the viewers peripheral vision.