Thursday August 9th – Saturday September 22nd, 2012
Artist Reception Thursday September 6th, 6pm-9pm
The Red Poppy Art House is pleased to present new mixed -media works by Peter Foucault investigating the nature of drawing and community, where chance factors and collaboration exchange and collide to develop what ultimately becomes the finished piece.
In his current body of work, Peter Foucault creates a series of drawing projects where outside factors influence the creation of abstract compositions. Among the selection of works presented in I Walk the Line, Foucault has collaborated with a small sensor driven robot that interacts with the artist and the public at large to create layers of mark making which he later returns to the studio to further translates these layers, decoding the algorithm generated by this machine interface. Additionally, other works presented include Belgium beer suspended in blobs of ink which Foucault then blows across the surface of the paper to further build on his mark making and collage techniques.
Fueled by a love of drawing and mark-making, Foucault’s works presented at The Red Poppy Art House explore the tension between control and the loss of control, where viewer interactivity plays an integral part in many of the drawing installations and large-scale artworks on view.
Based in Oakland, Foucault’s work has been included in group shows at the Smithsonian Institutes’ Freer and Sackler Gallery, Kit Schulte Contemporary (Berlin, Germany), The University of Salford (Manchester, England), The NASA Aimes Research Center and The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art among numerous others. Recent reviews of Foucault’s work have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The SF Weekly, ArtWeek, Wired Magazine, Stretcher Magazine and he is the recipient of grants through the Creative Work Fund, the City of San Jose’s Pubic Arts Program, the Seattle Center Foundation and the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program.
The Red Poppy Art House was established in 2003 as a neighborhood micro-center for artistic and intercultural life in San Francisco. Operating from an urban storefront of 650 square feet, it seeks to demonstrate the unique, powerful and irreplaceable capacity of small and intimate spaces, charting the course for an alternative model for community engagement in the arts. As a small-scale venue, the Poppy hosts over 150 diverse performances, exhibitions, workshops, and artist residencies annually.
Gallery Hours by appointment
Contact: Marisa Aragona, Director of Exhibitions
2698 Folsom St, San Francisco, 94110, United States