Monday, November 12, 2012

Auckland-based Peter Stichbury opens second solo show in NY

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Peter Stichbury, Pechorin Peach, 2012. Acrylic on linen, 39.4 x 31.5 inches (100 x 80 cm).

NEW YORK, NY.- In his second solo show at Tracy Williams, Ltd., Auckland-based Peter Stichbury continues his investigation into the psychological positioning and hierarchical maneuvering of individuals in response to particular social conditions and virtual environments. Through the superfluous man and his close ally the Byronic hero, Stichbury riffs on this interplay - as poignant and layered now as it was 150 years ago when the superfluous man personified these issues. The predicament of the superfluous man, the Russian literary archetype developed by Turgenev, Dostoevsky and their contemporaries from the seed of the Byronic hero, reflects aspects of the present. Today the focus on achievement and externally determined goals can lead to a sense of not achieving anything of significance. The alienating factors differ, certainly, but the effect on the subject is similar. Whereas the superfluous man’s ... More

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