Peter Barrickman

Region: Midwest

My paintings examine subjects ranging from city life to facilities, maintenance and weather. Although these are essential elements, I’m more interested in how paintings can be made. My work is an open exploration of the subject through a mashup of self-imposed limitations in the way I use color, media, surface, and structure. My objective is not mastery of craft but rather activation of my subject through a changing relationship to the medium. A typical painting is a bricolage of working parts and improvised repairs. The studio is a laboratory for confronting the inadequacies of an idealized plan with the physicality of material. My work has to do with regularly looking for paintings that reside outside my own expectations.