Peter Honig

Intro

Peter Honig is a Santa Barbara, CA photographer and assemblage artist whose work humorously explores themes of mortality, the nature of self-reflection, human relationships, and the passage of time. Working from a large collection of found objects amassed over two decades, the artist finds expressive possibilities arising from a mass of inanimate debris, then creates small tableaux which he photographs in the manner of luxury goods. The resulting large-scale still life images’ sensuous tactile qualities refer to the physical nature of experience while simultaneously offering entry into Honig’s elegantly ordered interior world.

Honig’s artistic practice has been uniquely informed by his commercial work as a still life product photographer, editorial portraitist, and documenter of other artists’ work . His art represents a synthesis of all three genres, merged with elements of Northern California Assemblage and Southern California Conceptualism.

Regarding his work, Peter states, “The technical structures of the photographic composition and tonality work together to create and support an internal logic, a scaffold for daydreams, composed from almost nothing, about… almost everything. Both the physical compositions and the logic are fragile constructions, and this fragility echoes what it is to be human.”

 

 

PETER HONIG

EDUCATION

  • B.A. Photography & Art History, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, 1993

EXHIBITIONS

2020

  • STILL, Mercury Twenty Gallery Oakland, CA *

2019

  • Wire Hum, Mercury Twenty Gallery Oakland, CA *

2017

  • The Surface of Things, Mercury Twenty Gallery Oakland, CA *

2015

  • Dark Matter, Mercury Twenty Gallery Oakland, CA *
  • A Common Thread, Mercury Twenty Gallery Oakland, CA

2014

  • Peter Honig: A Nervous System, Mercury Twenty Gallery Oakland, CA *

2013

  • Glendessary, Mercury Twenty Gallery Oakland, CA *

2012

  • After The Fall, Mercury Twenty Gallery Oakland, CA
  • Object Lessons, Mercury Twenty Gallery Oakland, CA

2011

  • Honig & Marsh: Recent Work, Mercury Twenty Gallery, Oakland, CA
  • Mercury Rising, Mercury Twenty Gallery, Oakland, CA
  • The Fabric of Night, Mercury Twenty Gallery, Oakland, CA *

2010

  • Peter Honig: Vanitas, Firehouse North Gallery, Berkeley, CA *
  • Mercury Rising, Mercury Twenty Gallery, Oakland, CA
  • Peter Honig: Vanitas, Galerie Nicolas Deman, Paris, France *
  • Peter Honig: Vanitas, La Maison de L’Amérique Latine, Monaco *
  • Photography: Impact of a Medium, 2nd City Arts Gallery, Long Beach CA
  • Through the Lens & Beyond, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA

2009

  • Last Waltz, Mercury Twenty Gallery, Oakland, CA *
  • Retrograde, Mercury Twenty Gallery, Oakland, CA

2008

  • Bestiaries, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA
  • Homeland, Mercury Twenty Gallery, Oakland, CA *

2007

  • No Goodbyes: Re-Imaging Trash, O’Hanlon Center, Mill Valley, CA
  • Elemental Arts, Stave Gallery, Sonoma, CA
  • Still Life After Death, Mercury Twenty Gallery, Oakland, CA *
  • Contemporary Photography, Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA
  • The Big Bang, Mercury Twenty Gallery, Oakland, CA

2006

  • United States of Decay, ASUC Gallery, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA *
  • Terror? Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
  • Intimate, Melting Point Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2005

  • Childhood Remains, Cell Space, San Francisco, CA *

2004

  • Trash to Treasure, Overload Studios, Oakland, CA

2003

  • SFCameraWork Annual Auction, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2000

  • ReCycled, San Francisco State University Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1999

  • In a Vacuum, ASUC Gallery, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA *

1994

  • PhotoMetro Gallery Annual, San Francisco, CA

*denotes solo show

Exhibitions