Opening Reception: Saturday, May 7 from 5pm to 8pm
Places in Mind is about uneasy mental states. Living through life’s landscapes. It’s about geographical and psychological places. Disquieting as well as humorous scenes. Some of the collage paintings share a sensibility: a little sideways feeling.
The collage paintings tell a story. Apartment Building Listserv examines social media disgruntlement and the rudeness of some online conversations. In Brunch Gone Sideways guests are misbehaving in many different and unexpected ways; chagrin is written all over the host’s face in the lower right side of the collage. The mystery of how things begin is depicted in Creation Myth, where a truck on an empty rural road is approaching an increasingly colorful and complex roadway and landscape; yet the road seems to be accelerating toward the truck, toward a collision.
Each landscape painting also tells a story. Each starts with a photo taken by Pete. Then painting takes over. The landscapes try to resonate with the following reflection by N. Scott Momaday:
“Once in his life a man ought to concentrate his mind upon the remembered earth. He ought to give himself up to a particular landscape in his experience, to look at it from as many angles as he can, to wonder upon it, to dwell upon it…He ought to imagine that he touches it with his hands at every season and listens to the sounds that are made upon it.”
The canyons of Escalante, Utah and the always changing landscapes in Dolly Sods, WV are that kind of place for Pete.
- Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 1pm to 7pm
Foundry Gallery is located at 2018 – 8th Street NW.