'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...
There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...
Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...
Miles McEnery Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works by David Allan Peters, on view 30 May through 6 July at 520 West 21st Street.
Los Angeles based artist David Allan Peters' brilliantly kaleidoscopic works push the boundaries of acrylic paint as well as traditional practices of painting. Using a linocut knife, Peters dives into his works, cutting, sculpting, and carving through finely layered paint to reveal intricate, pulsating colour patterns.
Once his panels are adequately layered, Peters maps out a grid before beginning the highly physical process of cutting into his works. 'Once I start cutting, that's when the colour and pattern starts happening,' Peters says. 'I can go deeper, higher, lower. That's the payoff, finding the right mixture to make the painting harmonious.'
From a distance, Peters' vibrantly variegated works appear flattened but a closer look reveals their carefully crafted, undulating texture and a multitude of varying perspectives. As Phoebe Hoban writes, 'Peters meticulously carves away the surface of his vividly coloured, tactile paintings to reveal their underlying layers. Ghosts of earlier images don't gradually emerge: The artist literally cuts open his work so that you can see it, and then see it again. A masterful synthesis of process and product, art and artifact, each piece, like a topographical map, is a textured stratification that artfully tracks its own history.'
DAVID ALLAN PETERS (b. 1969, Cupertino, CA) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in San Francisco, CA, and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA.
He has had numerous solo exhibitions, including Royale Projects: Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Weber Fine Art, Greenwich, CT; Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York, NY; Royale Projects: Contemporary Art, Palm Desert, CA; AKA PDX, Portland, OR; Super Optic, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland, CA; Paintings, Marc Arranaga Contemporary Art, New York, NY; and Integrity Spiral, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
Recent group exhibitions include the Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; Belief in Giants, Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; Art Toronto 2017, Royal Projects, Toronto, Canada; Hello My Name Is. . . Los Angeles, Royale Projects, Los Angeles, CA; Aftermath Post-Minimal Abstraction, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland, CA; Looking Back at Tomorrow, Royale Projects: Contemporary Art, Palm Desert, CA; Fresh, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Palette To Palate, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; Spectrum, Kellogg Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona, CA; and Strataigraphic, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland, CA.
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