475 25th Street, Oakland CA 94612

Friday + Saturday: 12-5pm and by appt.

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Peter Honig: A Nervous System

February 2014

Images from left: Peter Honig: "No Pressure" (2014) 32" x 40" framed giclée print on archival watercolor stock (photo by artist); Joanna Salska "Michael" (2013) 48" x 48" oil paint (photo by artist).

Peter Honig is a 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 creating small tableaux which he then photographs. The resulting large-scale still life images miniature models of consciousness resonate with dark humor and offer entry into an elegantly ordered interior world.

Regarding his work Peter states “When all goes well 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 a nervous system”.

Peter Honig was born in Boston Massachusetts and studied Art History and Fine Art Photography at Hampshire College in Amherst. He currently lives in Santa Barbara where he works as a professional photographer and art educator.

Artist Talk and Reception: Saturday March 8 4-6pm
Oakland Art Murmur First Friday: Mar 7 6-9pm
Oakland Art Murmur First Friday: April 4 6-9pm
Third Thursday: Mar 20 6-8pm

Mercury 20 Gallery

475 25th Street, Oakland CA 94612
Tel: 510-701-4620

Gallery hours: Friday + Saturday: 12-5pm and by appt