Peter Millett: Etudes
Peter Millett has spent the majority of his career making large scale metal sculptures that explore the abstraction of both figurative movement and geometry. However, many of these complex creations start from ideas hashed out in wood, small scale, with vibrant monochromatic color schemes. Chiaroscuro is pleased to present Etudes, a collection of small wooden sculptures for the wall or pedestal. Each piece has a dynamic compositional element that inspires visual interest and translates to the monumental, yet was made for an intimate view.
As Millett embarked on this body of work, the 3-D forms began to emerge, one after another, and reminded Millett of musical themes and variations. Chord patterns, melodic lines, and distinct rhythms came to mind as each piece had a relationship to another, a variation on a “riff,” a splash of color here, a repeated angle there. Each sculpture in the body of work played a part and contributed to the whole, yet stood on its own as a resolved piece, much like the structure of musical compositions with its many parts working together to from the whole. Thus, Etudes came to life.
Based in Seattle, Washington, Millett has exhibited widely over the past 30+ years and is an accomplished sculptor working in wood and steel. With immediate family in Santa Fe, Chiaroscuro become his home-away-from-home gallery and has developed a strong following for Millett’s work in the Southwest. This is Millett’s second solo exhibition at Chiaroscuro.