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Andre Petterson, detail of Cobalt Spill

Andre Petterson, detail of Cobalt Spill (2015), mixed media [Foster/White Gallery, Seattle WA, Nov 5-21]

Andre Petterson: To and Fro

Foster/White Gallery
Seattle WA – Nov 5-21, 2015

Andre Petterson, Fete

Andre Petterson, Fete (2015), mixed media on panel [Foster/White Gallery, Seattle WA, Nov 5-21]

Andre Petterson, Coop

Andre Petterson, Coop (2015), mixed media [Foster/White Gallery, Seattle WA, Nov 5-21]

Andre Petterson, Front and Centre

Andre Petterson, Front and Centre (2015), mixed media [Foster/White Gallery, Seattle WA, Nov 5-21]

Andre Petterson, Descending Blues

Andre Petterson, Descending Blues (2015), mixed media [Foster/White Gallery, Seattle WA, Nov 5-21]

Andre Petterson, Base 2

Andre Petterson, Base 2 (2015), mixed media [Foster/White Gallery, Seattle WA, Nov 5-21]

Andre Petterson is known for his engaging mixed-media works that integrate a sense of movement with still-life objects in otherworldly montages capturing split seconds in time. The long-time Vancouver artist has worked in varied media throughout his career; his latest photography-based pieces utilize digitally collaged images and painting in primarily monochromatic compositions.

In this exhibition, Petterson’s body of work focuses on old antique typewriters, bicycles and pianos arranged with ribbon, wire and textile elements that garner a sense of movement and fluidity. Some pieces incorporate colour into his signature black-and-white palette like Cobalt Spill, which depicts a red fabric bundle atop a typewriter with cascading layers of blue ribbon draping through the composition like a waterfall.

Petterson's arrangements are dramatic and surreal with a haunting undertone that recalls the decay of industry and dissolution of word and thought. For example, Newsroom renders erratic energy as wispy thread-like lines spouting from typewriters, and Coop depicts a melancholic mound of old typewriters with blackbirds swirling about. The interplay of disparate elements combined with painterly textures adds mystery to Petterson’s compositions, which bring to mind the dichotomy of 19th-century hope and 21st-century disenchantment.

Allyn Cantor


 Sun, Nov 8, 2015