Joshua Petker’s We’re Not As Colorful As We Think We Are opens on September 11, 2010, at The Shooting Gallery. The artist, specializing in color abstraction and the human form, presents 18 small to medium pieces in both mixed media on canvas and gouche and ink on paper. The work will remain on view through October 2, 2010.
Strongly reminiscent of Gustav Klimt’s ethereal portraits from the turn of the 20th century, Joshua Petker consciously continues the art historical practice of exploring the nuance of human emotion through the female form. Petker suspends his female figures between intense color fields and quiet spaces of monochrome, liberating them from the confines of everyday life and setting them free in a color-laden world of his own imagination. In We’re Not As Colorful As We Think We Are, Petker explores the way humans use color to manipulate their physical appearance in order to transcend their reality. People use color with makeup to enhance their beauty, men use war paint to mark their transformation into warriors, shamans use body paint to demarcate the transition from body into spirit. Through these new works, Petker’s colors expose the desire for human metamorphosis all the while reminding us that underneath the layers of color, we are more alike then we may think. The exhibition will be comprised partly of mixed media on canvas (acrylic, gouache and ink) and partly of gouache and ink on paper. This is the first time that the artist will be showing works on paper in a gallery.
September 11 – October 2, 2010
The Shooting Gallery
835 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
Further preview of the exhibition after the jump.