Today, high resolution LCD screens have accomplished an erasure of the pixel, resurrecting trompe l’oeil from its restraints within art history. Digital storage has evolved our instinctual desire to archive, allowing instantaneous gathering and curation. Contemporary craft culture focuses our attachment to the “original”: the handmade, irreplaceable, single entity, coded in the language of how it was made.
There is a subtle space between a thing in the world and a representation of a thing in the world. Here, I work. Collapsing “truth” and “falsehood” allows me to develop a vocabulary of making, where sculpture, drawing, and print become a point of entry into my own concerns regarding representation.
These thoughts point to a particular cultural exchange — perhaps, a deal has been made without our knowing — and all of our things, traded for the experience of things.
Peter Paul of Pittsburgh, PA
BFA Syracuse University, 2012