PETER ALWAST
MAKING SENSE
3 - 27 OCTOBER 2018

Gallery 9 is proud to present Making Sense, a new body of work by artist Peter
Alwast. In this forthcoming series, Alwast reflects upon what it means to exist within, and make sense of, the social and political fragmentation of our current era. Making Sense includes paintings on hessian, as well as new media prints and collages, that recall historically opposed regimes of technological modernity. Although his work is fundamentally grounded in the present, it is also concerned with the tension that emerges out of aspiring towards a utopian, automated future and mourning an impending loss of community. 

The paintings in this body of work are small-scale, intimate and without any technological mediation. Alwast makes use of invented imagery that is typical of the ‘easel’ tradition and is associated with the Nabis (a post-impressionist group of Parisian artists). His prints and collages deploy mechanical and technological new media production to render abstracted imagery, which is evocative of informational networks. In his works, the naïve exists in close proximity to signs of so-called technological sophistication and advancement. These disparate and distinct styles reflect our present, wherein populist revivals of an imaginary and idealised past jostle with a future-driven, technologically obsessed society. 

Peter Alwast is a lecturer at The ANU School of Art and Design and currently Acting Head of The Painting Workshop. He holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design in New York. He has held over 17 solo exhibitions and has been shown in group exhibitions at the Tate Modern (London), Museum of Old and New Art (Tasmania), the Greater Taipei Biennial, and the Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney), among others. Alwast’s paintings, prints and videos are held in numerous public and private collections in Australia and the United States.

 PETER ALWAST  The Summit at Koblenz  2017 oil on hessian 25 x 30 cm

PETER ALWAST
The Summit at Koblenz 2017
oil on hessian
25 x 30 cm

 PETER ALWAST  For Plumbers Who Work at Night  2018 archival collaged giclee prints, hessian, glitter paper, oil pastel, pumice gel, string  60 x 40cm,

PETER ALWAST
For Plumbers Who Work at Night 2018
archival collaged giclee prints, hessian, glitter paper, oil pastel, pumice gel, string
60 x 40cm,

 PETER ALWAST  The Dance  2017 oil on Hessian 80 x 80cm

PETER ALWAST
The Dance 2017
oil on Hessian
80 x 80cm

 PETER ALWAST  The Grenfell Tower  2017 oil on hessian 45 x 45cm

PETER ALWAST
The Grenfell Tower 2017
oil on hessian
45 x 45cm

 PETER ALWAST  Flag Day  2017 oil on hessian 31 x 24cm

PETER ALWAST
Flag Day 2017
oil on hessian
31 x 24cm

 PETER ALWAST  Untitled (Blue)  2018  oil pastel, archival UV cured print on hessian 35.5 x 50.5cm

PETER ALWAST
Untitled (Blue) 2018
oil pastel, archival UV cured print on hessian
35.5 x 50.5cm

 PETER ALWAST  Yellow Lane  2018 oil on polycotton  80 x 80cm

PETER ALWAST
Yellow Lane 2018
oil on polycotton
80 x 80cm

 PETER ALWAST  The Count  2018 oil, hessian, rabbit skin glue, collaged archival giclee prints on polycotton 136.5 x 197.5cm

PETER ALWAST
The Count 2018
oil, hessian, rabbit skin glue, collaged archival giclee prints on polycotton
136.5 x 197.5cm

 PETER ALWAST  Gathering  2018 oil on hessian 47 x 40cm

PETER ALWAST
Gathering 2018
oil on hessian
47 x 40cm

 PETER ALWAST  Finance Tower  2018  oil, oil pastel and pumice gel on hessian 45 x 70cm

PETER ALWAST
Finance Tower 2018
oil, oil pastel and pumice gel on hessian
45 x 70cm

 PETER ALWAST  The Swarm  2018 oil, oil pastel, glitter paper, pumice gel on linen,  25 x 35cm

PETER ALWAST
The Swarm 2018
oil, oil pastel, glitter paper, pumice gel on linen,
25 x 35cm

 PETER ALWAST  Untitled (Pink)  2018  oil pastel, archival UV cured print on hessian, 35.5 x 50.5cm

PETER ALWAST
Untitled (Pink) 2018
oil pastel, archival UV cured print on hessian,
35.5 x 50.5cm