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Archive for March, 2009
Tags: Crayola Paintings, Dustin Dennis, Jon Peck, Jonathan Peck, Paper Sculpture, Studio Fuse, studio visit
From direct representation to its use as metaphor the word portraiture can be used to describe nearly all of my work to date. Material exploration is important to me as well, as I like to look past the causal nature of ordinary materials and use them in extraordinary ways. Most recently my work has been comprised of materials such as crayons, Styrofoam, paper, and a variety of crafts supplies. I enjoy the elementary quality of materials such as these, but I like to go beyond the elementary, beyond what is expected.
Jonathan Peck studied sculpture at the Kansas City Art Institute, and graduated in 2002 with a BFA. In 2004 he was invited to be an artist-in-residence at the Art Center of South Florida in Miami Beach. In 2007 Jonathan received the prestigious South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual Art, and was included in the exhibition “New Art: South Florida 2007” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami. In June of 2008 Jonathan attended the Cooper Union School of Art Summer Residency Program and currently maintains his studio in Brooklyn, NY. Jonathan’s work has been featured in several publications including the books “Miami Contemporary Artists” and “The Nude Male: 21st Century Visions”, published by Rizzoli.
Jonathan Peck Studio Visit Synopsis and Discussion Links-
During the studio visit with Jonathan Peck on April 15th 2009, the group discussion focused on portraiture and craft. Jon spoke of his attraction to simple craft store materials; children’s crayons, colored pencils, construction paper and his compulsion to force these materials to yield highly realized and complex surface textures for his portraiture. Often the detailed background patterning, built-up using many materials, created a trompe-l’oeil effect playing with the Baroque style of composition through visual illusion.
-Rachel Frank & Dustin Dennis
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