Gugger Petter: Tabletops & Portraits
Gugger Petter: Tabletops & Portraits May 3 – June 9, 2017 Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 10, 5:30 - 7:30 pm Andrea Schwartz Gallery is pleased to announce the fifth solo exhibition by Gugger Petter entitled Tabletops & Portraits. “My execution of each piece emphasizes the textured surface and the newspaper material. This creates a visual tension between texture and image, while also presenting a blurring between representation and abstraction”. – Gugger Petter The works of Gugger Petter are created of archival treated woven newspapers coated with a UV protectant. In Petter’s tabletop series, she depicts beloved items from her own table and daily life – items from everyone’s daily life. All objects are presented on a white table top in a crude and calculatedly unrefined manner not holding true to the exact form. Unlike traditional still-life’s that place a large importance on light and shadows, Petter predominantly focuses on the overall composition in relation to a balanced tension of positive and negative space. In both Petter’s tabletop series and in her ongoing portrait series she succeeds in presenting a direct and honest image, where much is still left up to the viewer. Her figurative weavings combine her passion for Renaissance portraiture techniques and her ability to build a relationship between the sitter and the viewer.