Drunk on the Moon
Shooting Gallery Project Space is pleased to present Drunk on the Moon by Joshua Petker. Join us for the opening reception Saturday, March 9, from 7-11pm. The exhibit will be free and open to the public for viewing through April 6, 2013.
Drunk on the Moon will consist of six new paintings, ranging in size from 12x12” to 36x36”, all incredibly bright and awash with color. Citing universal themes of the human condition such as love, optimism, rejection, and mortality as inspiration, Petker creates work with an easy appeal.
From the Artist:
My paintings are a process of layering: What starts out as obvious representational imagery becomes finessed into a reconstructed mess, leaving only a record of the undefined and a recapitulation of the human attempt at finding peace through process. My work combines my personal failures, human history, philosophy, romance, and tragedy all while eulogizing the unanswerable adventure: man’s search for meaning. My paintings straddle the modes of representation and abstraction, with layers of contrasting visual references, from historical portraiture, to abstract landscapes, to familiar philosophical representations like boats, the ocean, and chairs, all which allow the work to strike a balance between irony and introspection.
Joshua Petker was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1979 and received a BA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. After studying abroad in 2001 at the Lorenzo de'Medici Institute of Florence, he decided to pursue a career as a fine artist upon completion of his studies back in the U.S. His work has been exhibited and both nationally and internationally and can be found in private collections around the world.
Interview with Joshua Petker
Interview with owner/founder/curator Justin Giarla
High-resolution images available upon request.
Drunk on the Moon by Joshua Petker
Opening Reception – March 9, 2013, 7-11 pm
On View Through April 6, 2013
@ Shooting Gallery (www.whitewallssf.com)
886 Geary, San Francisco, CA