JASON PETERS
 

Jason Peters received his BFA in Sculpture from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD (1999). He has produced large-scale, site-specific installations around the U.S. and abroad at venues such as Pittsburgh’s The Mattress Factory and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

 
 

ARTIST STATEMENT 


In my work I attempt to trigger and explore both intellectual and emotional reactions to the ways in which objects interact with their surrounding environment. I try to set up a situation where nothing is as it seems, and our notions of reality are exposed as mere assumptions, based on perceptions and experiences that may or may not bear any actual relationship to the way the world works. Instead, I invite the viewer to suspend past experience and enter into a world where the mind is allowed free rein, even as the body remains constrained by the laws of gravity and the sometimes perceptually imperceptible limits that contain it.
By using large multiples of discarded items in repeating designs that establish unexpected patterns, societal cast offs are made beautiful through the alliteration of form. Once removed from their traditional context, the objects' interaction with the environment becomes unpredictable and unstable. Additionally, through elements like lighting and layout -- that for many artists are not central to the creation of work but almost afterthoughts of installation -- I am able to manipulate and change my audience's understanding of and reaction to the objects in my work. I can shift the focus from individual pieces to the environment as a whole, helping viewers experience the ways in which my work changes that environment: the spaces in between, surrounding, and within each piece become as important as the works themselves and create a kinetic experience of stationary objects. 
Works that appear unstable, for example, looming over and even threatening the viewer, create new levels of tension and dynamism within the installation. At the same time, the repeated elements in the patterns of my work trigger feelings of calm, safety, and familiarity that play against this sense of dynamic inconstancy. 
In my installations I try to archive a transformative moment, removing the viewer from accustomed modes of thinking and seeing, from the constraints of id and ego, if only for a second. Visceral, emotional reactions are a goal. I carefully calibrate the pieces to indoor or outdoor sites within the notion of a contemporary sublime. This gives way to feelings of pleasure and joy when the viewer recognizes that there is no immediate threat. Although the work initially disorients the viewer, my sculptures soon give way to a delight of solving the visual puzzles, and enjoying the works' graceful and colorful forms. Ultimately, the total environment becomes part of the experience. This process is necessarily informed by my own experience of a particular space or environment, as well as the availability of various objects. Because of this, my work continues to evolve as I explore new materials and locations.


CURRICULUM VITAE


EDUCATION

1999      Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, BFA in Sculpture with Asian Art History Minor


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014       Plexus, Dash, Atlanta, GA
                Refraction, Fairfield University, CT
2013       Less Than < > More Than, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
2012       L.A. Deluxe, Robert Berman Gallery, Los Angeles CA
2011        Reverse Polarities, Project Room, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah NY
2010       Anti.Gravity.Material.Light, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, OK
2009      Now you see it Now you don't, Time Square Alliance, New York, NY
               Open And as Pointed as Possible, Salina Arts Center, Salina KS
2008      No more / No less, White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MO
               Red, Insest Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
               In The Way... , Englishkills Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2007      Jason Peters @ Slowdown, Omaha, NE
               Paileontology, Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2005      The Space in-Between, Supreme Trading, Curator Craig Shillitto, Brooklyn, NY
2004      Continually Becoming, Center for the Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014      BREEEZEE, Ethan Cohen Gallery, NYC
               COSMS, Dashboard Co-op, Atlanta, GA
2013       Fine Lines, Rhombus Space, Brooklyn, NY
               MICA THEN / NOW, Ethan Cohen Fine Atrs, Kunstahalle Beacon, Beacon NY
               Designed to Win, Kendall College of Art, Grand Rapids, MI
               Bronx Calling, 2nd A.I.M. Biennial, Bronx Museum of Art, NY
               See the Pyramids along the Nile, Englishkills Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
               "THANKS", Lu Magnus Gallery, New York, NY
2012       In Light, Richmond, VA
               Culture Crawl, Rahway, NJ
               See/Me, See Gallery, Long Island City, NY
               Powerplay, Hayground School, Bridgehampton, NY
               Cosmic Architecture, Artist Wanted, Long Island City, NY
               The Final Frontier, Brooklyn, NY
2011       Bring to Light, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
               Dead in August, Pentagram, Brooklyn, NY
               Lumen, Staten Island, NY
               Art:21 Project Room, Inside the Artist Studio, TinT Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
               The Mother Ship, Englishkills gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2010       Light Art Biennial, Linz, Austria
               If you see something say something, Invisable Dog, Brooklyn, NY
               Summer Camp, Exile, Berlin Germany
               Making War, D.Y.I Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2009      Gods from Mars, EnglishKills, Brooklyn, NY
2008      The Light Project, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis, MO
               In-site, Sculpture Guild, Gov. Island, NY
2007      Wunderkammer, Institute fro Psychoanalytic Training and Research, New York, NY
               Host, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN
2006      Factory In-stalled, Mattress Factory, Pittsburg, PA
               Tooth and Nail, Stay Gold Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2005       SCOPE, Micro/ Scope, Hamptons, NY
                WATERWAYS, Venice, Italy


RESIDENCIES

2012        A.I.M, Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY
                Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2010       Sculpture Space, Utica, NY
2009      Salina Arts Center, Salina, KS
2007       Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE
2006       Mattress Factory, Pittsburg, PA


AWARDS

2014        BMW, Munich, Germany
                Plexus, Dash, Atlanta, Georgia
                See I Exhibition Space, L.I.C. NY
2013        Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
                See | Me Gallery L.I.C. NY
2012        InLight Richmond Green Art Award
                Rahway, NJ
                See Gallery, Long Island City NY
2010       The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, PA, completion date 2011
                The Friends Seminary, Manhattan, NY
2009       Time Square Alliance, New York, NY
2008 Salina Arts Center/Smokey Hill River Festival, Salina KS


COLLECTIONS

2012       Sabrina Franzheim, Marfa, TX
2010      Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City. OK
               Mrs. Miranda and Mr. Silverstein, Oklahoma City, OK

FILM

2009      BROCKCK ENRIGHT: GOOD TIMES WILL NEVER BE THE SAME, Directed by Jody Lee Lips, role was as performer, set builder, creative


PUBLIC LECTURES

2014       Dashboard Co-op, Atlanta, GA
2013       1040 Lounge, Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY
               Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton NJ
               Maryland Institute College of Art, MD
2010       Mohawk Valley Community Collage, Utica, NY.
               Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, Museum of Art, OK.
2009      Salina Art Center, Salina, KS.
2007      Bemis Centers for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE.
2004      Contemporary Center for the Arts, Santa Fe, NM.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

artsatl.com, Dashboard Co-op debuts…Nexus, Sexus, Plexus, Jerry Cullum
clatl.com, Jason Peters explores spectacle inn Plexus, Muriel Vega
burnaway.com, Backward,Inward,Upward: Nexus, Sexus, Plexus…., Dan Weiskopf
Huffington Post Blog, Theft and Building Community, Lauren Scott Miller
Sag Harbor Express, Eey on Art--the power of sculpture, Helen A. Harrison
IDOL Magazine, interview Jason Peters, Faye A.
The L Magazine, Say something among works that say nothing, Deirde Hering
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Children's Museum Sculpture 'Odyssey'…
The Oklahoman, 'Don't Miss' exhibit…., John Bradenburg
The Oklahoman, Artist create large sculpture on site.., Brandy McDonnel
The Gazette, Perspetive-Skewing OKCMOA…, Jon Wertz
NY POST, Ugly 'Square" Chairs Pile Up, James Fanelli
blog.art21.org, Inside the artist studio, Georgia Kotretsos
Salina Journel. "A.I.R. creates unique sculptures out of everyday items", Gary Demuth
Washington Post, "Brooklyn's latest brush with Art", Andrea Sachs
West end Word, "Large scale 'Light project' delights, astounds" Dickson Beall
St. Louis Beacon, "the Light project illuminates ", Ivy Cooper
St. Louis Post Dispatch,"Light Fantastic", David Bonetti
Review, "Buckets of Light ", Elizabeth Wolfson
Omaha World Herald, " What is it? " David Stickney
Italian VOUGUE, Fall fashion spread, Bruce Weber
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mary Thomas
Pittsburgh City Paper ,Gregory Knepp
Santa Fe Reporter, "Zane's World", Zane Fischer
Santa Fe/North, "About Art", Tom Collins