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Sunday, April 12, 2015

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Join us for an artist talk with Peter Combe at the Back Gallery Project on Sunday, April 12th. Peter will tell us about his practice and also about his work that is currently on exhibit. The title of the exhibition is KONFETTIKÜNST.

More about Peter Combe: 

I am consumed by the subtle magic that occurs when playing with light, color and movement in my art making, Combe. Whether punched or shredded, I appropriate paint swatches and make mostly 3 dimensional artworks. These artworks transform and change subtly as the viewer shifts from his/her vantage point. There is a magic that occurs, a trick of the eye where color seems to occupy space – a void – at once ethereal, yet seen from another angle the whole appears as if a ghostly image, veiled in gossamer. It is these characteristics that propel me to experiment with the interplay of color, light and movement – Peter Combe

About the artist: 
San Francisco-based visual artist Peter Combe creates three-dimensional artworks using household paint swatches as his prime matter, usually hand-punched into small disks. He then fits these disks into bevel-cut grooves on a specially prepared archival material in order to create his pieces, ranging from abstract pattern-based colour compositions to realistic portraits of people.

In addition to producing portraits commissioned by collectors, Combe also likes to work with images found on social media, especially Instagram. What he finds interesting in working with these images is the contrast between the fleeting, impermanent nature of social media platforms and the more fixed and enduring nature of his artworks, which as he says achieves a sense of ”captured history,” much like a vintage photograph.

Combe’s work has recently exhibited at the Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami, the Luhring Augustine Gallery in New York, Galerie C.O.A. in Montreal and the Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia.  In 2011 he produced a work for a Burrard Street Bridge as part of the City of Vancouver’s Public Art Program.