new exhibition @ whatiftheworld



Presentiment is that long shadow on the lawn

Indicative that suns go down;

The notice to the startled grass

That darkness is about to pass.

-Emily Dickinson

Whatiftheworld is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Peter Eastman.

In his new series of shadow paintings Eastman has created a collection of silhouetted shadow portraits that appear to the viewer simultaneously strange and familiar. The works are rendered using Eastman’s signature technique of enamel on aluminum and the shadows themselves are enigmatically cast against this monochromatic shimmering surface .

The works, by virtue of their reflective and changeable surface also echo the impermanence and transience of the shadow projected .The shadow by its nature, is a form that is synonymous with metamorphosis, and in the case of Eastman’s work it is a fleeting moment captured in the reflective painted surface, capable of evoking memory and self reflective interpretation in the viewer .

The materiality of the paintings invite reflection in both a physical  and conceptual way, allowing a space for the interpretation of one’s own iridescent image as reflected on the surface of the artists’ canvas, and for interpretations of the shadows themselves, the personas they represent, and moments they record.

Peter Eastman has exhibited both locally and internationally and has been a practicing artist since 2001. During this time he has worked prolifically in the media of print, painting and drawing. Eastman has exhibited locally at Michael Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town (2004) and internationally in London and Amsterdam. He was recently commissioned along with William Kentridge, Marlene Dumas, Kendell Geers and other respected south African artists to create a limited edition print in association with the 2010 FIFA World Cup. His work is housed in private and public collections both locally and internationally; notably the Sasol and Hollard Corporate Collections and Hugo Voeten Museum in Belgium.

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