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The 19th century neoclassicist painter J.A.D. Ingres famously said that drawing — this during the era when painters drew from plaster casts of Greco-Roman statuary — was “the probity of art,” i.e., the source and origin of good, rational design. In the 21st century Peter Foucault combines drawing made by small robots with supplementary/complementary handwork that are in synch with the digital age. The process is all about going beyond one’s taste, predilections and facility to express the needs of the present with the latest available tools. “Drawing in Dystopia” includes eight abstract drawings on paper, wood panel and alupoly (a polyethylene foam core faced with aluminum sheets, typically used for signage) that exploit chance and deliberation in order to comment on our cultural and political moment, with human institutions and natural systems veering out of  control, or on the verge of it, in what seems a devolution into chaos and entropy. Foucault employs technology to question technology (albeit in the service of irrational, short-sighted goals).

The social critique underlying the work is not, however, overt. The works are beautifully executed calligraphic abstractions. Some include collaged excerpts from US Geological Survey maps. Stylistically, these would not look out of place in an Abstract Expressionist or even Surrealist show. The visionary drawings of Henri Michaux and Wols, and the paintings of Klee, Miro and Gordon Onslow-Ford are relevant antecedents. “Subdivision 1, “ with its blown-ink orthogonals are counterpointed by diagonal blown-ink sprays. “Confluence 2” adds collaged bits of topographical maps, suggesting astronomic vistas punctuated by wormhole views. “Doomsday Machine,” with its reference to nutter apocalypses, is equally absorbing. Also noteworthy are two drawings on wooden panel, with the loosely woven grid set down by the robot — there really ought to be photos of this collaborator — repainted in ink by hand, in what must have been a meditative frame of mind, like a medieval copyist for our dark ages.

Written by: DeWitt Cheng, October 2017

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Peter Foucault, Confluence 2, 2017, ink, blown ink, and collaged antique USGS maps on paper, 50″ x 38″
PETER FOUCAULT

Drawing in Dystopia

October 4 – 28, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 5th 5:30 – 7:30pm

K. Imperial Fine Art is pleased to present its second solo show of the work of Peter Foucault.

Foucault creates works on paper, videos, and installations that are fueled by his love of drawing and mark-making.  He has created a series of Drawing-Projects, which utilize systems developed by the artist that produce complex abstract compositions.  At the root of these projects is a constant tension between control and the loss of control.  Viewer interactivity plays an integral role in his drawing installations – large-scale artworks in which participants influence the outcome of a drawing that is created by a small robot over the duration of an event or exhibition.  His work is concept driven, and often utilizes objects that reference printmaking and multiplicities.

Drawing In Dystopia internalizes the current political and environmental stresses, pressures, and disillusions and focuses them into a new body of work that is raw, dark, and chaotic.  Some of the works play reference to tearing themselves apart by elemental forces while others hang onto a complex rigid structure that is also constantly in flux.  The works also reference the formation of galaxies, the explosive death of stars, and matter being drawn into black holes to better put into perspective the current state of our earth.  Ultimately, and as always, our current parameters will evolve, reconsider and re-shape. The paradigm we are in now is just the blink of an eye.

Foucault has participated in numerous exhibitions nationwide, and his work has been included in shows at the Getty Museum and Getty Villa, Oakland Museum of California, Torrance Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Smithsonian Institutes’ Freer and Sackler Gallery, The University of Salford (Manchester, England), and The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art.

His interactive robotic drawing installations have been presented at The NASA Ames Research Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Lab, Robert Berman E6 Gallery, the Seattle Next50 (Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Seattle Worlds Fair), and Zero1 San Jose.

In addition to his own practice, Foucault is the Co-Founder of the Mobile Arts Platform (MAP), a Bay Area based art-making and curatorial team that creates interactive “pop-up” mobile exhibitions that directly engage the public.  The MAP project was included in the American Association of Museums 2012 annual report’s “Trends Watch”.

Drawing in Dystopia will be on view October 4 – 28, 2017 with a reception for the artist Thursday, October 5th 5:30 – 7:30pm.

Copyright © 2017 K. Imperial Fine Art, All rights reserved.

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Restoration Hardware has done a magnificent job of creating reproductions of three of my drawings. I am happy to announce two are now available at an even larger scale. Please stop by your local RH store and check them out!

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These photos were taken at the Downtown Walnut Creek showroom.

Hello Friends and Fellow SFAI Alums,

 

Hope to see you out at the event over at the Chestnut Street Campus tomorrow night! I have one of my new large scale drawings on wooden panel included in the Alumni Exhibition.

Would be great to see some familiar faces!

ALUMNI
WEEKEND @ CONCENTRATE

An Uncommon Art Sale + Festival

“Believe in your rights as artists to transform the world, and make every problem an art problem.” – Theaster Gates

Come together this weekend to celebrate art and community.
RSVP NOW

Saturday, November 12
5–8pm

Concentrate: An Uncommon Art Sale + Festival Opens
CAMPUS-WIDE

Alumni Exhibition Opening Celebration
DIEGO RIVERA GALLERY

Featuring works by Richard H. Alpert (1973), Barry Beach (2008), Peter Foucault (2005), Dan Grayber (2005), Marc Daniel Hirsch (2014), Su-Chen Hung (1985), Caroline Landau (2016), Cathy Lu (2010), Mary Corey March (2001), Amanda Marchand (2001), Takako Matoba (2015), Gelah Penn (1973), Pericles Pneumatikos (2014), Reagan D. Pufall (2014), Sam Roloff/The Milk Bar Crew (1992), Maya Smira (2014), Chris Vena (2003), Rochelle Youk (2010), and Minoosh Zomorodinia (2015).

ICA Live!
Peter Foucault, Arlene Biala and
Yaccaira Salvatierra

Friday, August 5
Performance times: 8pm and 8:30pm
Free and open to the public
Add to calendarNextNewPaper artist Peter Foucault will collaborate with Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Arlene Biala and poet Yaccaira Salvatierra for August’s ICA Live! program. Biala and Salvatierra will be reading new poems inspired by the exhibition and Foucault’s custom-built robot, armed with drawing tools, will respond to the sound of Biala’s and Salvatierra’s voices to create a new, abstract piece. The evening will include a few tunes from a saxophonist and will ask for audience participation.

A HUGE Thanks to everyone who attended ICA Live! We worked together to create an amazing drawing that documented the evening! Here are some pics from the event:

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Excited to announce that my artwork has been incorporated into a new line of women’s fashion through VIDA!

Please visit their site and view my collection at: http://shopvida.com/collections/voices/peter-foucault

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NextNewPaper continues the ICA’s recurring series of exhibitions dedicated to exploring emerging artists and art practices. In this iteration, 17 Bay Area artists use paper as their medium, creating works that highlight the endless ways in which this ubiquitous and seemingly innocuous material can be manipulated.

In this iteration of the NextNew series, 17 Bay Area artists use paper as their medium, creating works that highlight the endless ways that this seemingly innocuous material can be manipulated.

Originally invented in the first century, this omnipresent material continues to be a necessary resource even in this digital age. Letters, notepads, business cards, Post-its, money, utility bills and promotional flyers are all part of our everyday lives. Artists in NextNewPaper examine the numerous properties of this medium, cutting, bending, molding and otherwise manipulating it to create intimately detailed works as well as massive site-specific installations.

Joyce NojimaWeston Teruya, and Imin Yeh explore ordinary objects such as cash register receipts, electrical outlets, and architectural elements to question our relationship to these ordinary fixtures in our daily lives. Kyong Ae KimMichael BuscemiAmy Oates and Annie Vought meticulously cut paper to construct reliefs and intricate silhouettes that emphasize the play of light and shadow. The sculptures of Jann Nunn and Jacqueline Rush Lee are painstakingly assembled with hundreds of thin sheets of paper resulting in amazingly sturdy structures. Collage, mixed media, and abstract mark-making with ink, coffee, and tea (and sometimes with the help of a robot) are seen in the works of Peter FoucaultJavier ArceCynthia Ona InnisCarolynn Haydu, and Michael SellMonica Lundy and Kirk Maxson reference leaves and plants to evoke a sense of place and reflect upon history in their nature-inspired pieces. Julia Anne Goodman examines the concept of intimacy with her newest pulped bed sheet work. With Loren Kingthe two collaborate to create colorful “brain maps” on hand-made paper. And, Taro Hattori’s monumental site-specific installation made of cardboard bends the dynamics of the medium in awe-inspiring ways.

Jun. 5 – Sep. 18, 2016
Main Gallery & Cardinale Project Room

Opening Reception
Sunday, June 5
Members Preview, 1pm-2pm
Public Reception, 2pm-4pm
Free admission
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ICA Live – Taro Hattori
Friday, June 3
Free

Talking Art

Sunday, June 26, 3:30pm-5pm
Paper Talk

Sunday, July 17, 3:30pm-5pm
Artist Panel Discussion

Artists
Javier Arce
Michael Buscemi
Peter Foucault
Julia Anne Goodman
Taro Hattori
Carolynn Haydu
Cynthia Ona Innis
Loren King
Kyong Ae Kim
Jacqueline Rush Lee
Monica Lundy
Kirk Maxson
Joyce Nojima
Jann Nunn
Amy Oates
Michael Sell
Weston Teruya
Annie Vought
Imin Yeh