Republic Gallery

RYAN PETER
The Moon and Other Myths

March 12 to April 23, 2016

Opening reception: Saturday, March 12, 2 to 4pm

The Moon and Other Myths presents a series of unique gelatin silver prints by Ryan Peter. Along with more traditional darkroom processes such as dodging and burning, the works are made by collaging and contact printing acrylic paints on translucent polyester and polypropylene films—plastic on plastic. This uneasy union between synthetic materials produces uncannily natural results: fractal forms that evoke phenomena from rock formations to wood paneling. In this way, the work suggests a temporal excavation, resuscitating the organic ancestries of these petroleum products and, in doing so, conjuring Georges Bataille’s concept of the ghost as “the perfect heterogeneous space, between life and death.”

Ryan Peter is an artist based in Vancouver, Canada. Peter graduated in 2008 with a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia. He was a semi-finalist in the 11th Annual RBC Painting Competition in 2009, and has since been featured in numerous exhibitions across Canada and the United States. Recent shows include Presentation House Gallery (Satellite Gallery), Vancouver; Susan Hobbs, Toronto; The Or Gallery, Vancouver; and the solo exhibition SEDIMENT (2014), Republic Gallery, Vancouver, where Peter is represented.


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