Kingsley Lecture Series
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Peter Combe’s three-dimensional art changes as the viewer engages with the work. Discovering one of his works by happenstance and via one’s peripheral vision creates a sort of magic. Combe will discuss the benefits of impartiality in a gallery setting, and how it brings the art to you. According to Peter, "Looking past an object can often be more revealing than concentrating directly. It’s a sort of ‘no mind’ experience that takes us out of the preconceived mind set. It’s as if all learned dogma takes a back seat and our inner child takes over, playfully engaging with little need for explanation. Magic happens in a place where abstract and concrete concepts have little meaning."
About the artist:
Peter Combe makes images – portraits and abstract pictures – out of paint swatches cut into small discs. “I’ve collected paint chips for as long as I can remember,” he says. “I’ve always liked the idea of the ready-made. I received an envelope in the mail. Its interior was lined with a scalloped security pattern rather like ﬁsh scales. It struck me that perhaps I could duplicate this pattern in a three-dimensional format. It was my eureka moment. Excited and absorbed by the magical effect caused by something so terribly simple, I began producing abstract works, geometric works; and organic, color ﬁeld artworks that ﬂowed from one color seamlessly into another.”