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Peter Shear: Following Sea

Cheim & Read, New York

Thu 23 Mar 2023 to Sat 13 May 2023

547 West 25th Street, NY 10001 Peter Shear: Following Sea

Tue-Sat 10am-6pm

Artist: Peter Shear

Cheim & Read presents Following Sea, an exhibition of new paintings by Peter Shear, whose work was recently featured in Regarding Kimber, the gallery’s homage to the painter Kimber Smith.


Artworks

Peter Shear, Game, 2020

Oil on canvas

18 × 21 in

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Peter Shear, Same Day, 2021

Oil on canvas

21 × 22 in

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Peter Shear, Responsibility, 2021

Oil on canvas

15 × 15 in

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Peter Shear, Radar, 2021

Oil on wood

10 × 10 in

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Peter Shear, Mirror, 2021

Oil on canvas

20 × 22 in

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Peter Shear, Linzer, 2023

Oil on canvas

22 × 18 in

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Peter Shear, Plum, 2023

Oil on canvas

17 × 14 in

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A self-taught painter, Shear was born in 1980 in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts, and grew up in Valparaiso, Indiana. The deeply hued canvases in this exhibition were made on a human scale, most of them mounted on panels measuring 11 x 14 inches. Their overriding characteristic is a distinct absence of dogma: elusive and spare, they hover in an interstitial space between abstraction and representation, often incorporating elements of both. They can suggest figures, landscapes, or architecture, or simply exist as spontaneous configurations of lines and colors.

In an interview with the art blog Studio Critical, the artist talks about how his paintings begin, "For the genesis of images I’ve often restricted myself to the very familiar—lines, dots, simple shapes. As general and inclusive a vocabulary as possible. It’s become increasingly important to leave behind an image to which no concrete meaning can be attached, only possibility."

Writing in Hyperallergic about Shear’s first New York solo show, John Yau states, “Shear is not precious about his work. He does not have a fixed palette, nor does he seem to be trying to develop a signature style or set of motifs.” Noting that the exhibition’s title, Magnolias All at Once, is taken from a book by Norman Fisher, a poet and Buddhist monk, Yau adds, "Fisher’s poetics have likely influenced Shear. Here is something he [Fisher] stated about his poetry, 'There’s no self or person, just what arises...writing is words, how they sound, how they look lying on the page.' "

Peter Shear has shown his work across the United States and internationally. He has had solo exhibitions at Castle, Los Angeles, CA (2022); Fortn­ight Institute, New York, NY (2021, 2017); KOKI Arts, Tokyo, Japan (2021); Herron School of Art + Design, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN (2019); Devening Projects + Editions, Chicago, IL (2017); and AM Projects, Indianapolis, IN (2017); ATM, Austin, TX (2016).

Group shows include The Feminine In Abstract Painting, Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation, New York, NY (2023); Real Life, Ilse D’Hollander in dialogue, Galerie Sofie Van de Velde, Antwerp, Belgium (2023); Regarding Kimber, Cheim & Read, New York, NY (2022); Small Paintings, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, NY (2022); A Wild Note of Longing: Albert Pinkham Ryder and a Century of American Art, New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, MA (2021); Downtown, La MaMa Galleria, New York, NY (2021); Adrian, George, Peter, Sofia e Tamina, P420 Galleria, Bologna, Italy (2019); Locus Focus: Peter Shear and Arvind Sundararajan, 840 Gallery, University of Cincinnati, OH (2018); Basic Instinct, Peter Shear and Ellen Siebers, FJORD, Philadelphia, PA (2016); Good Bad Brush: Peter Shear and Matthew Wong, The Occasional Gallery, Burlington, WA (2016).

He currently lives and works in Bloomington, Indiana.

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