FEBRUARY 10 – APRIL 3, 2020
TERRACE GALLERY AT ORLANDO CITY HALL
400 S. ORANGE AVE • ORLANDO, FL
In this exhibition, I explore how nature sometimes struggles to be seen and heard. There is significance to finding beauty in universal imagery — evoking a loose narrative in the consciousness of those who have no control over their existence. Once that beauty becomes too defined, it is no longer true. Being aware is not the same as being conscious, just as abstraction sometimes grants the possibility of truth. My expression is about giving old wisdom new life, challenging perceptions, and understanding the structure of nature through chaos and duality.
“In which window did I remain watching buried time?” — Pablo Neruda
Reality is not what we see when we look out our windows. It is the world we are within— the ethereal forces that mold our lives, and as a consequence shape our world.
Peterson Guerrier has long engaged in the investigation into alternating and vacillating concepts of duality in his large-scale paintings. He presents thoughtful portraits imbued with personal and universal symbols of life, familial and relationship structures, and the strength of human emotion. For Guerrier “Beauty is only the beginning of a conversation.” Whether through paint or photography, Guerrier strives to bring to life, and expertly portray a juxtaposition between extremes using layers of subject matter, material, and color. He creates moments of intriguing narratives that are open for interpretation by the viewer as layers unfold and emerge one after the other. Inspired by Einsteinʼs Theories on Relativity, Guerrier explores the concept that “every physical description revolves itself, into a number of statements, each of which refers to the space-time coincidence of two events A and B.” Investigating this dynamism through heightened and individual painterly motion, Guerrier instills a strong sense of energy and tension. His vibrant and instinctual approach of layering shape, line, color, and energy, and multiplying soft deposits of color on recognizable imagery, forms saturate and fuse into one another, transforming the surface of the painting. For Guerrier, space is balanced as a site where feelings of happiness, sadness, frustration, and content coexist.
Growing up in Miami, Guerrier attended Design and Architecture Senior High and earned a degree in fine arts from the College of Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit. His work has been exhibited at the Mennello Museum of American Art and featured nationally in galleries including, Snap Orlando!, the Grand Bohemian Gallery, Redefine Gallery, X Contemporary Gallery, and Aqua Art Miami during Art Basel. He has installed work at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas and has been featured in Boutique Design magazine. Peterson Guerrier currently lives and works in Orlando, Florida.