MILES MCENERY GALLERY is pleased to present an exhibition of works by David Allan Peters, on view 30 May through 6 July at 520 West 21st Street. A public reception will be held for the artist on 30 May from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication, featuring an essay by Phoebe Hoban.
Los Angeles based artist David Allan Peters’ brilliantly kaleidoscopic works push the boundaries of acrylic paint as well as traditional practices of painting. Using a linocut knife, Peters dives into his works, cutting, sculpting, and carving through finely layered paint to reveal intricate, pulsating color patterns.
Once his panels are adequately layered, Peters maps out a grid before beginning the highly physical process of cutting into his works. “Once I start cutting, that’s when the color and pattern starts happening,” Peters says. “I can go deeper, higher, lower. That’s the payoff, nding the right mixture to make the painting harmonious.”
From a distance, Peters’ vibrantly variegated works appear attened but a closer look reveals their carefully crafted, undulating texture and a multitude of varying perspectives. As Phoebe Hoban writes, “Peters meticulously carves away the surface of his vividly colored, tactile paintings to reveal their underlying layers. Ghosts of earlier images don’t gradually emerge: The artist literally cuts open his work so that you can see it, and then see it again. A masterful synthesis of process and product, art and artifact, each piece, like a topographical map, is a textured strati cation that artfully tracks its own history.”