DEMARCATIONNew work by Pete Sparber at Highwire Gallery
Tragedy, 2012, ink on paper, 7″x10″
During March 2012 Highwire Gallery will feature the first Philadelphia show of artist Pete Sparber. Pete received his MFA from Cornell University in 1980. Since then he and his wife, Karen Cooper, have lived in New York City, Georgia, the Carolinas, and most recently Wichita. In 2010 Pete and his wife relocated to the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia. His work is currently featured on the cover of the 2012 NKCDC Business Directory. Additional information can be found at www.sparber.info.
ARTIST’S STATEMENTProcess: I select images because they communicate the human condition. The line drawings are a way to explore the image’s form, trace its outline and develop it’s potential. I only paint when I can clearly visualize what I’m about to paint. As one painting dries I am finding and drawing new images. It’s a continuously developing process akin to dreaming. Content: Our consciousness divides things up, when everything is, in fact, continuous. One of the primary divisions is the self from other. The lines in a painting or drawing are akin to the divisions consciousness makes in the world. In that way drawing becomes a linear device used to evoke the human condition. Our mind takes comfort in those lines. However, what’s inside those lines is not much different from what’s outside those lines, and so I try to show that in my painting.
City of Steel, 2012, oil on canvas, 60″x60″
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