A Two-Man Show with Ray Colleran and Oliver Peterson
Saturday-Sunday, February 2-3
Reception: Saturday, Feb. 2, 5-9 p.m.
Open 12–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Ashawagh Hall, 780 Springs Fireplace Rd. in Springs
Objects marks Ray Colleran and Oliver Peterson’s second two-man exhibition at Ashawagh Hall in Springs. The friends and frequent artistic cohorts introduced their work to the East End in their first show, Burlap and Book Pages, in 2006, and they have since shared two studios and frequently consult one another about the progress of their individual work.
Both artists have been named Long Island Pulse magazine Artist VIPs (in 2008 and 2012) and they have exhibited around the East End and elsewhere, separately and together, in various group shows.
Objects examines and celebrates these artists’ love of art as fetish—the inanimate and tangible manifestation of the visceral, intellectual and intangible. The show will include paintings and sculptural works by Colleran and Peterson, as well as a few surprises, including an “Art Automat” and a selection of small Artist Trading Cards (ATCs), so collectors and admirers can bring something home, no matter what their budget.
Oliver Peterson is mixed media artist who works with collage and paint to create thoughtful compositions that often play with juxtaposition and narrative. His work can be cryptic, full of personal iconography and frequent references to pop culture, history, anatomy and the occult.
Ray Colleran employs a wide breadth of materials and unique approach to his complex mixed media work. Starting with vintage book pages, the artist uses scrawled text, doodles and splashes of color to expose a subconscious dialogue, fraught with his hopes, fears and obsessions, as well as an ongoing commentary about war, love, madness and the American id.