Metro Gallery in Victoria Australia will be opening a Michael Peck exhibit “The Landing” on November 14th. Peck’s work mixes a monochromatic photographic style of painting with subject matter reminiscent of 50’s style propaganda.
Themes of isolation and displacement have continually reoccurred in my paintings over time. I’m always seeking to create a tension in the work; the suspense in the feeling that something is just about to happen, as if the landscape could suddenly swallow everything and everyone up. I think art is a good place to be able to engage with our anxieties. We live in a social, political and environmental climate that is pretty hostile, yet we do our best to mask our fears. I think that art provides a context where people’s fears can be corroborated; it helps us to know that others share the same concerns and helps us feel less alone. Ironically there is an abstract comfort in recognition of this shared isolation.
November 14th- December 3, 2011
1214 High Street,
Phone: 03 9500 8511
More looks after the jump.