Vancouver exhibitions. Spools of threads pour from an antique sewing machine; ribbons explode from a typewriter’s platen; a bicycle is subsumed by the folds of African textiles. These images, captured, reworked and manipulated on the panel surface represent Andre Petterson’s latest exhibition, To and Fro.
The series sees the artist revisit images and thoughts from past travel experience. Describing them as “floaters – things that percolate away and remain unresolved for awhile, then emerge”, Petterson’s latest body of work includes familiar tropes such as the bicycle, the sewing machine and the typewriter. For the artist, these machines act as a catalyst to solidify thoughts concerning the social and cultural habits observed during his travels to of the Middle East and Africa.
“Images of carts or makeshift vehicles overloaded with goods catches my eye. The woman or man with a very heavy and large bundle on their heads, determined and resigned to get the package to its destination or the motorbike supporting a family and their belongings, clinging on while navigating traffic. These scenes of everyday life – habitual, trying, and beautiful – drive me to create.”
A new interest in colour marks To and Fro, as the artist finds excitement in injecting
About The Artist:
Andre Petterson’s current photography-based work explores the effects of light, movement and reflection in conceiving highly original compositions. A continuation on the themes of juxtaposition, objectivity and assemblage first explored by the artist in his sculptural and performance-based work, Petterson’s two dimensional mixed media works employ a variety of different media including photo transfer, painting and digital illustration to capture and re-imagine inanimate objects as anthropomorphic – that is, capable of having a human-like quality, emotion or ambition. Describing the conceptual elements emblematic of the artist’s later career, Tom Graff notes, ” Petterson continually re-makes the Idea into everyone’s Idea.”
Petterson has exhibited in both private and public galleries in Canada and the United States. He is the recipient of The National Film Board of Canada Award, and has work featured in numerous private and public collections including Canada Council Art Bank, Duracell, Esso Resources, Vancouver General Hospital, and the City of Richmond.
Vancouver Exhibitions. To and From by Andre Petterson at Bau-Xi Gallery. October 24 – November 7, 2015.