Exhibition continues: 28th January – 23rd March 2017
Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm or by appointment
The Old Post Office
19-21 West Street
Gateshead NE8 1AD
Workplace is delighted to present 110% a solo exhibition of new work by Mick Peter comprising of sculpture, wall drawing, and trompe l'oeil drawings.
Peter’s work transforms imagery usually associated with illustration and design into knotty and playful installations, objects and drawings. Using tricks of scale and dimensionality he brings apposite ideas and images together to generate something that is structurally self-regarding whilst also recognisably figurative and amusingly satirical. For Workplace Gateshead, Peter has made a new body of work that refers to the slipperiness of symbols and the curious world of infographics.
Central to the exhibition are five new sculptures in which amused, confused or dismayed versions of his figures try to deconstruct and remake a percentage symbol, the different quantities of red and yellow used to ‘fill’ each figure during the casting process in each work hints at another visual reference to value. Alongside the sculptures are a group of new trompe l’oeil drawings of a wall apparently layered with frayed fly postersthat contain the same characters. Framing the entire exhibition is a wall drawing throughout the gallery space that references gloomy financial forecasts through dysfunctional graphs and text. In form and content, the objects and images in 110% are figurative-abstraction that Peter has developed by drawing after drawing after drawing.
Mick Peter lives in Glasgow, UK. He has recently had solo shows at Tramway, Glasgow, and Drawing Room, London. Recent group shows include ‘Puddle, Pothole, Portal’, at Sculpture Centre, New York, USA, 'Natural Selection' at Galerie 5, Angers, France and 'Corps narratifs' at the Domaine départemental de Chamarande, Chamarande, France. He is represented by Galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris.
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Mick Peter110% Torn Drawings Drawing 01, 2016, Ink, pencil, spray paint and gouache on paper, 48 x 38 cm, Photography Patrick Jameson. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris.