Peter Shear

Region: Midwest


City / State: Bloomington, IN

What really sends me is artwork containing a spaciousness of address, which allows for my looking to become consuming and urgent. In these moments, the relationship between object and audience can be truly generative, a partnership. The gulf of meaning present in an artwork, separating artist from viewer, is pretty mysterious and it feels good operating near that place.

As I work, compositions arrive and depart, mostly in spite of my involvement and best intentions. Rules have been made, to follow or not. Paintings sometimes take minutes and sometimes weeks and months of activity, ending somewhere unavoidable: images suspended in becoming, an environment for the viewer to develop a framework through which to see whatever she likes.

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May 26, 2014