July 23, 2013
Press Release - Peter Demos "10 Paintings"

10 Paintings

August 2 - September 7, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 5:00—7:00 PM

David Richard Gallery, LLC
Railyard Arts District
544 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
p 505-983-9555 | f 505-983-1284 

Ten New Black and White Reductive Paintings by Peter Demos Presented in His Second Solo Exhibition At David Richard Gallery in Santa Fe 

David Richard Gallery will present the gallery’s second solo exhibition for Peter Demos, which consists of ten new black and white minimalist paintings. The exhibition, “10 Paintings,” will be presented August 2 through September 7, 2013 with an opening reception on Friday, August 2 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the gallery located on 544 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, phone 505-983-9555 in the Santa Fe Railyard Arts District.

Peter Demos, a New York-based artist, has explored the restricted palette of only black and white in his reductive abstract paintings. Black, an edgy color that evokes a range of emotions from disturbing and off-putting to serene and meditative, allows Demos to focus on shape and surface to explore visual perception with the greatest economy of means. Whether using combinations of black on black or with white, all of the paintings are created with absolute precision. The contrast of matte and high sheen surfaces combined with the extreme black and white painted rectangular shapes creates an optical effect such that the rectilinear objects seem to tip in and out of the picture plane at various angles and challenge visual perception. The uniformity and seriality of “10 Paintings” is as close as Demos has gotten to pure minimalism with each painting of a uniform dimension, 36 inches tall by 30 inches wide. The presentation consists of a series of five paintings with slivers of black around the periphery on a white ground, hung in a row with plenty of breathing room around each. There is an opposing series of five paintings with slivers of matte black around the periphery on a shiny black ground, also hung in a row, but on the opposite wall.

Peter Demos has lived and worked in New York City since completing his MFA at Hunter College. He has had solo exhibitions and his artwork included in numerous group exhibitions and art fairs in New York, Santa Fe, Miami, Los Angeles and Kansas City as well as an upcoming exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark. He just completed a Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Studio Residency and was a recipient of the Tony Smith Award. His art has been reviewed and featured in “The New York Times”, “The Huffington Post”, “Refinery 29”, “The Last Magazine” and “New American Paintings” among others.

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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