Prior to some meetings downtown I popped into the Blue Spiral. One of the current shows features a variety of their artists using works in Black and White only. Included were a couple of our team favorites such as artists Hoss Haley and George Peterson. Take a moment and stop in the next time you are near Biltmore Ave. Cheers!
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I recently stopped by to visit with Peter Alberice the artist — not the architect. Though there was no way to escape the architect given his painting studio is within his home, a condo in 12 S. Lexington and a building he helped craft into reality. It is one of Modern Asheville’s favorite buildings in downtown given the quality, design and location.
Trained as an architect in Virginia, Peter had always imagined himself painting over the years. Finally, in 1999 his wife Sandy, a photographer, bought him paints for Christmas and so it began. Originally, he began as an architect would by carefully marking off geometric elements for his composition. Once again, the woman beside the man, Sandy stepped in and suggested he might want to have a glass of wine before painting. Laughingly, he abandoned the tape and started attacking the canvas without restraints.
His process begins in his sketchbook by penning forms that have the loose appearance of working out architectural spaces. He then will project one or two of these sketches onto a canvas initiating the composition. Once these sketches have manifested in layers of paint he begins working on the “in between” or the dialogue that happens between the painted sketches. Intuitively, he will then paint over areas to start the process again. He projects and then layers in another sketch, which begins another dialogue between the old and new. Though I’m oversimplifying all the thoughts and steps, this process is repeated until the painting finds a natural completion.
Peter’s process reminds me of what it might look like to have a time lapsed video overhead of an ancient city. Old buildings are destroyed by natural and unnatural causes. The old foundations are filled in with rubble to support a new construction. Over time this is repeated until there are layers of built up matter that is a mixture of organized components and the loose organic rubble in between. The composition is only complete given both time and a bit of archeology. As it happens Peter was inspired by his trips to cities in Italy.
Peter likes to work on several canvases at once to keep the energy freely flowing and not get stuck on within one composition.
Peter, the painter, is the yin to the yang of Peter the architect. His loose abstractions balance his more structured work. The Painter’s work can be found at Blue Spiral One gallery in downtown. The Architect’s work can be found at his downtown office were he is currently shepherding a few architectural projects for our fast changing downtown. More on that in 2015.
I stopped and talked with gallery director Brandon at the Blue Spiral 1 today to see how the new show was going. I loved seeing Hoss Haley’s latest work as always. Here it is juxtaposed over a Michael Barringer painting. Stop by this weekend and check out the show. Cheers! Troy
During a recent trip to Brevard I was finally able to meet with artist George Peterson. It has been a year since I stumbled upon his work in an Asheville venue and I was an immediate fan. I witnessed five skateboards mounted in a row that had been cut, burned, scarred and painted as tribal art. The iconic, pop culture shapes had been put through destruction and rebirth giving them an immediate and powerful new story that holds my attention even today.
Geoge’s studio occupies a mid-century church building in the Arts District of Brevard. The sanctuary has been built out as a skate boarding and performance venue while the adjacent rooms are filled with his equipment and materials. He calls himself a “working class” artist and dedicates himself from 8 to 5 daily on his craft there.
George is self-taught. His influences are Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash, Finn Juhl, Bob Stocksdale, tribal art and punk rock. The combination of influences from 100-year-old tribal art, 80’s California to the Western North Carolina mountains and interior fashion today make them from a time period and world all of their own. His graphic and rhythmic twist to classic wood-turning gives his pieces a rawness and vulnerability that evoke history and narrative. For me, it takes an intuitive hand to craft something that offers subtle complexity masked by simplicity. In George’s hands, Punk is reinvented and becomes a timeless and sophisticated art form.
George’s work will be showcased in a new show later this month at Blue Spiral 1 gallery in downtown Asheville. For more on his work visit his website.
Blue Spiral 1 Gallery opened their new show last night and I was able to stop by for a quick look. January means debuting new artists plus new works by some of the galleries featured artists. I was able to visit with a few including our local Mitchell Lonas featured in the window below. As usual, it was a well curated mix of regional works.
Admittedly, my eye was caught by the paintings by one of the new artists, Isaac Payne. His large-scale, architectural, mixed-media paintings with figures strategically shifted and drew me in to their urban story.
I plan on taking a longer stroll through the gallery this weekend to get more familiar with some of the works. If you stop by don’t miss the back gallery where Shana Greger is showing her rich and illustrative paintings on Tara. For more information regarding this show and the galleries artists click here.
Bob Pazden captures Hoss Haley’s “Radius” show at Blue Spiral
Photographer Bob Pazden’s eye is drawn to graphic elements such as pattern, color, line, shape and form. Which is the reason artist Hoss Haley calls Bob when he wants his work professionally documented. Hoss’s creations have a quiet, graphic strength to them while Bob likes to quietly connect with what he is photographing. Bob says, “Whether he is photographing architecture or people he is drawn to details and intimate experiences.”
Hoss Haley currently has a one man show at the Blue Spiral gallery on Biltmore Ave. in Asheville. In his artwork he uses concrete, steel and bronze to create two and three-dimensional artworks. Favoring industrial materials and fabrication methods reminiscent of his past working on machinery in the west, his paintings and sculptures explore the use of forms, lines, surfaces and textures.
Hoss says, “We strive to bring our vision of order and progress to the world; but as quickly as our monuments beginning to dot the landscape, they are reclaimed by the forces of nature that we can never control. I find great beauty in this inevitable contrast. That is why I like to use steel. It rusts; it shows age; it deteriorates.” Bob took notice of the rich rust color and how it radiates off of the white walls of the gallery space.
One of my personal favorite pieces at the show was Hoss’s version of a big spiral-graph machine that etched through enamel coated steel to leave a pattern that is both geometric and organic.
Hoss was one of the select artists whose work went public in Pack Square. This rhythmic trellis that helps tie together the two government buildings reflects the mountains scene behind. Below are a few detail shots of the trellis at night. While photographing Hoss Haley’s artist constructions Bob captures graphic compositions and creates new pieces of art with his camera.
Photographs by Bob Pazden (www.bobpazden.com), Article by Troy Winterrowd