4 May – 24 June 2012

Nightmare Painting, Painting of Nightmare Painting
Gordon Peterson

Peterson makes highly inflected, intimately scaled, abstract paintings. The labour
evident in their surfaces speaks to a painstakingly considered development. They
appear to have come in to being through a process of slow and careful self-realization. Viewing the works demands a similar dedication: mindful, unhurried, and focused visual attention.

In this show, entitled Nightmare Painting, Painting of Nightmare Painting, Peterson
enacts a sort of generational conflict. Each painting begins by self-consciously
removing and repositioning fragments and compositional strategies from earlier
works. The resulting connections between the paintings suggests a self-propagating system wherein one painting spawns one or more others, genetically stamping them—evoking a dream-like, uncanny recurrence.  

A native of Winnipeg, Peterson has resided in Toronto for the last 7 years. He studied architecture at the University of Manitoba and currently works as a set designer in the film industry. He has shown his work at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, and The Khyber Centre for the Arts in Halifax. His work is held in public and private collections including The Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba and the Province of Manitoba.

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