March 5-8 2015
SEASON is very proud to exhibit again at VOLTA NY Art Fair with a solo booth presentation of paintings by Peter Scherrer. The fair will be March 5-8 at Pier 90, New York City. Pier 90 is located at west 50th and twelfth avenue.
“I get much of the inspiration for my work from the people and landscape in this particular region… After growing up here, I was privileged to leave and go to art school, and now that I’m back my experience away has lent me a different point of view— I’ve been able to connect to this place somewhat as a stranger while still being an insider, a person who is from here and knows this place intimately.”
Born and raised and in Washington, Peter brings a delicate, native understanding to his paintings to create imagined landscapes of impossible lushness that radiate with chaos, hostility, and humor. Working in both watercolor on paper and oil on canvas, his pieces manage to expand and further complicate our views on nature— by loosely considering Romanticism, our history of exploration and settlement, hippie idealism, and his own personal experiences growing up in the region, Peter confronts our flawed relationship with the nature world. By combining equal measures of terror and kooky humor, Peter’s work demands that we reconsider our often messy, sometimes well-intentioned attempts to make the natural world known.
Bellingham, Washington sits just 17 miles south of the US-Canada border— tucked up into the furthermost corner of the United States, it’s a last stop kind of place, the end of the line, where journeys halt and then either drift out into the Pacific Ocean or cross over into Canada’s sprawl. There is an undeniable Americanness to it; there’s a palpable wildness to the land, a riot of growth and density in the trees, the bushes, the grasses, and too many hues of green to count. A real pioneer-like spirit seems apparent amongst most of its people, a rough and readiness, a rare mix of stoicism and vulnerability that is somewhat rooted in withstanding long dark winters, isolation, and countless days of rain. And there is a shabbiness, too, a bruised history–especially in some of the smaller towns–that hints at struggling economies, fractured communities, unfulfilled possibilities…
This text was adapted from an originally published studio visit with Peter Scherrer on In The Make. To see more studio visits with West Coast artists go to www.inthemake.com