David Richard Gallery will present the gallery’s second solo exhibition for Peter Demos, which consists of ten new black and white minimalist paintings. The exhibition, “10 Paintings,” will be presented August 2 through September 7, 2013 with an opening reception on Friday, August 2 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the gallery located on 544 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, phone 505-983-9555 in the Santa Fe Railyard Arts District.
Peter Demos, a New York-based artist, has explored the restricted palette of only black and white in his reductive abstract paintings. Black, an edgy color that evokes a range of emotions from disturbing and off-putting to serene and meditative, allows Demos to focus on shape and surface to explore visual perception with the greatest economy of means. Whether using combinations of black on black or with white, all of the paintings are created with absolute precision. The contrast of matte and high sheen surfaces combined with the extreme black and white painted rectangular shapes creates an optical effect such that the rectilinear objects seem to tip in and out of the picture plane at various angles and challenge visual perception. The uniformity and seriality of “10 Paintings” is as close as Demos has gotten to pure minimalism with each painting of a uniform dimension, 36 inches tall by 30 inches wide. The presentation consists of a series of five paintings with slivers of white around the periphery on a black ground, hung in a row with plenty of breathing room around each. There is an opposing series of five paintings with slivers of matte black around the periphery on a shiny black ground, also hung in a row, but on the opposite wall.
Peter Demos has lived and worked in New York City since completing his MFA at Hunter College. He has had solo exhibitions and his artwork included in numerous group exhibitions and art fairs in New York, Santa Fe, Miami, Los Angeles and Kansas City as well as an upcoming exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark. He just completed a Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Studio Residency and was a recipient of the Tony Smith Award. His art has been reviewed and featured in “The New York Times”, “The Huffington Post”, “Refinery 29”, “The Last Magazine” and “New American Paintings” among others.