A solo exhibition by Pete Puskas curated by Laura O’Reilly & Edward Daniel
If we are not actively projecting our existence and our creativity out into the universe, can we ever be seen? Without a voice in the World Wide Web, will anyone know we ever existed at all? Pete Puskas’ work explores the cross-medial plane of existence between the Internet and the real world. His .gifs are creative projections being sent out into the stratosphere of the Web, while his painted works are the physical representations of his experiences of life on the Internet. The works themselves are a staging ground for his specific experiences.
Francis Bacon believed that a painting itself is the stage upon which the paint acts. Pete’s work is an experiment with that stage. His brushstrokes explore the choreographed moves of pro-wrestlers. The flowerpots of his Plants with Benefits paintings are a stage for plants to happen. His .gifs echo as projected experiences with the Internet itself as their stage. In a world that increasingly exists in places that we can no longer find on a map, Peter Puskas’ work navigates where creative existence can be found.