July 2 – 27, 2013
PETER ANTON exhibits a new series of mixed media sculptures of succulent, oversized candy at Scott Richards Contemporary Art during the month of July. A reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, July 11, 5:30-7:30 pm. The exhibition continues through July 27.
Richly colored, rounded shapes, and sugar-coated surfaces make for luminously pure still life subjects. But the theme of candy and desserts also serves as an ideal metaphor for human experience. It evokes simple nostalgia and shared memories, while tapping into the deeper realm of human desire. The longing for sweets echoes the pull of erotic pleasure, seduction and decadence, and their inevitable transience.
In the spirit of indulgence—and with a healthy dash of good humor—Peter Anton focuses his unflinching eye on the heart of our desire. His monumental-sized, hyper-realistic boxes of chocolates, ice cream bars and popsicles present us with an unapologetic look at ourselves. The result can make us wriggle with delight or squirm with guilt (some chocolates have actually been bitten and replaced in their boxes).
Anton’s multi-colored, slick and textured surfaces are crafted from carefully selected and manipulated materials, including cast foam, aluminum, acrylic, fabric, and high-gloss industrial paints. With heightened color, exaggerated form and good fun, these works promise the unattainable: ultimate satisfaction.
“Through the use of humor, scale, irony, and intensity in my forms,” says Anton, “the foods we take for granted become aesthetically pleasing and seductive in atypical ways. I like to create art that can lure, charm, tease, disarm and surprise.” He adds, “I activate the hunger people have for the things that give them pleasure, and force them to surrender.”
Peter Anton is an internationally known artist who has participated in exhibitions from Germany and Korea to New York, Miami and now and California. His works are held in numerous public and private collections, including the Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR; the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR; the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; and Bill and Hilary Clinton.
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