Peter Voshefski enjoys working with materials he finds in nature.
The Albuquerque-based artist was approached to participate in 516 ARTS’ new exhibit, “Flatlanders & Surface Dwellers.”
Voshefski has put together a 20-piece collection of wood panel pieces. He says the majority of his work that will be showing is mixed-media with a touch of collage.
|If you go
WHAT: “Flatlanders & Surface Dwellers”
WHEN: Noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through June 1
WHERE: 516 ARTS, 516 W. Central
HOW MUCH: Free
“It’s a form of art that I’ve been working with for a long time,” he says. “The curator was interested in my work because of the refined details and the surface details. She had seen some of my work previously and thought I would fit in well.”
The show is a group exhibition featuring diverse visual art media that explore the intimate and exotic realm of surface texture that evokes visceral, multisensory responses.
Curator Lea Anderson says throughout the history of art making, the artist’s relationship with surface has been a serious consideration.
She says along the way each art movement has tried either to ignore the surface or utilize it completely.
“This leaves the curious soul of the viewer with the desire to touch, connect, cut, penetrate, peel away and expose layers,” Anderson explains. “As artists, we are aware that surface is ours to manipulate, whether it is a mask of superficiality, a final layer of honesty or a cloak of mystery.”
The exhibit marks Anderson’s first foray into curating a show, which took nearly three years to complete.
“I submitted a proposal to 516 ARTS and never thought that it would happen,” she says. “When I got approval last year, we opened up the show with a call for artists and got about 350 submissions from all over the world. Twelve were chosen. When you have that many submissions, it gave me the opportunity to display a wide range of artists. We wanted to give a chance to sculpture, instillation and photography.”
Voshefski says the majority of his work that will be showing is mixed-media with a touch of collage.
Voshefski says he began working with wood panels while he was a carpenter.
“I supported myself for years as a designer and carpenter and I had an affinity for wood,” Voshefski says. “In the ’90s, I worked as an artist assistant and we used to take apart old TV cabinets and furniture. It was there when I fell in love with it.”
Many of the panels, Voshefski will purchase and other times, he’ll seek them out.
“I really like for each panel to get distressed and show some texture,” he explains. “I have varied approaches to the work and it all mirrors the hectic pace that we live in.”
Voshefski was drawn back to New Mexico from the Bay Area in 2007.
“All the artists I’ve spoken to weren’t wrong,” Voshefski says. “There is amazing space and light here. I moved out here for access to nature and I love spending time out in the wild. I love trees.”
Voshefski also got his Master of Fine Arts at University of New Mexico. At his studio, he is often working during school hours.
“I used to be a stay-at-home dad,” he says. “My child is in school now, so I have to be regimented and get to work during that time. I try to work for at least four hours a day and sometimes it comes out longer. But my work is so detailed that it takes a lot of time to get things completed.”