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Robin Peck: Crania

Robin Peck. Sculpture (Crania 61), Upper section materials from the center: Sandstone, plaster, aluminum, steel, burlap and plaster, porcelain clay, steel, plaster, shellac, carnauba wax. Lower section materials from top to bottom: Quartz, steel, Hydrocal, steel, Plexiglas, rubber, steel, Hydrocal, plaster, shellac, carnauba wax. Size approx. 14 x 15 x 13 in. Weight approx. 48 lb. 2016-2017. Image: Rachel Topham Photography
Robin Peck and Reva Stone this fall at the School of Art Gallery

Robin Peck: Crania
Curated by Doug Kirton and David MacWilliam

September 4 – October 26, 2018, 2018
Reception: September 13, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Curator’s Talk: David MacWilliam
September 12, 12:00 noon, 364 ARTlab

Artist Talk: Robin Peck,
September 13, 6:30 pm, 136 ARTlab

Crania is an exhibition of twelve, mixed-media sculptures, selected from more than one hundred made since 2012 by Canadian artist, writer and educator Robin Peck, currently living in Fredericton, NB.

Each artwork in the series are titled with name, year, size, and the materials that constitute their forms:

Sculpture (Crania 112), Materials from the center: Hydrocal, Styrofoam, lead, pottery plaster (signed: Robin Peck, 2009), gold paint, Hydrocal, ceramic, Hydrocal and burlap, gravel, Hydrocal, shellac, carnauba wax. Size: 12 × 16 × 15 in. Weight 33 lb. 2009-2018

Referencing both figurative and minimalist sculptural practices, Peck uses materials that are often associated with the detritus of the factory floor, the stuff of the studio, the garage, or the shed out back. The materials speak to the forms he is shaping (some resemble a mound, a dome, perhaps a head). Through an organic, open-ended system of inclusion, Peck moulds, pats and rasps these materials into forms that are determined both by the limits of the hand and the matter that makes up their mass. The mark of the hand is clearly evident in the shaping, attention to surface and final patina. These are sculptures that invite contemplation and reinforce the body as a primal way of knowing.

Seen together these sculptures rely on comparison to foreground acts of collection, selection and arrangement, with Peck’s pre-industrial methods harkening back to an earlier material past and intimates a foreboding in anticipation of the uncertainty of a dystopian post-industrial future.

About the Artist
Since receiving his MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in 1976, Robin Peck has exhibited across Canada and internationally. His artwork and writing have appeared in C Magazine, Parachute, Vanguard, Boo Magazine, Canadian Art, and the Vancouver Anthology. Since 2005, he has taught visual arts at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

A new book of Robin Peck’s essays: Journey to the Circumference of the Earth, designed by Stephan Garneau, was published as part of the Or Gallery exhibition and co-published by Publication Studio, Vancouver and Canada NYC. Earlier versions of several of these essays have previously appeared in: C Magazine, Parachute, Boo Magazine and Canadian Art.

For more information about the exhibition and associated events, contact Donna Jones, 204.474.9322;
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