For close to two decades, M.A. Peers has created paintings and drawings that passionately engage issues surrounding painting, the history of painting, popular culture, and formalist strategies of portraiture. Combining delicately rendered figures and forms, within an enigmatic, but brilliantly colored field, Peers selects subject matter that ranges from portraits of generic dogs, to portraits of the 1950s Soviet space dogs, to portraits of corporate and political figures. In her most recent work, the grounds have gradually engulfed the figures, crossing into pure abstraction. For Project Series 42, M.A. Peers will present new paintings.
The Project Series is the Museum’s program of focused exhibitions of work by Southern California artists. Its purpose is to bring to the Pomona College community art that is experimental and that introduces new forms, techniques, and concepts. Organized by Rebecca McGrew, this series is supported in part by the Pasadena Art Alliance. A catalogue accompanies each exhibition.