Jessica Pearless & Jonathan Organ
What inspires your art practice?
Our current body of work traverses painting on a two dimensional surface and large scale sculptures. The language of abstraction in architecture and art informs the conceptual development of our work. Considering the universal, abstract language of nautical flags as visual notifiers, warning beacons, signifiers or informers formed the development of our work for NZ Sculpture on Shore for 2018.
What materials do you work in?
We work with a number of mediums. Recent pieces were constructed of corten steel, acrylic on canvas, digital prints or large black stained pine structures.
Briefly describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2018.
Flags for Fort Takapuna are pure, abstract flags that function as signs: bright, geometric, nautical symbols on a masthead for Fort Takapuna. Activated by the environment, the wind plays an integral part in the realisation of the artwork. Art and language playfully intersect within the work. The abstract symbols signpost the iconic historic landmark of Fort Takapuna.
Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZ Sculpture OnShore?
Our works are regularly showcased around New Zealand and Australia including a large public permanent commission by Jessica for Clonbern Service Lane, Remuera. We have previously exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea Bondi, headland Sculpture on the Gulf, Sculpture in the Gardens. In 2018 we have shown at SPLORE and in The Big Hoot Art Trail for Child Cancer.
Where did you study?
Master of Fine Arts (Honours), Elam School of Fine Arts