By Jenna Weis
Inspiration can come from almost anywhere in any form and according to artist Oliver Peterson the world offers such an abundance of creative influences that drive his artistic endeavors. From history, literature, and films to the paranormal and comic books, just about anything worth experiencing is of interest to the artist. Using found materials that intrigue his senses, Peterson constructs eye-catching collages of expressive and energetic responses to the subject matter at hand. With a BFA from the School of Visual arts and an MFA in writing from Long Island University, his artistic eye and experience as a journalist shine through his pieces that not only are visually compelling but also communicate with the viewer.
The physical act of art making is a main factor in how these pieces are produced. Each element relating to the next then arranged based on the particular subject matter and Peterson’s creative conscience. Peterson explains “Visually, it just happens through small decisions and what’s available to me at the time. Content-wise, it can be random, but more and more I find themes and follow them through as I go. I rarely set out to do anything. I prefer to let the process be my guide.” Combining paint, patinas, paper and relevant materials his 2D pieces work so naturally all together and individually. It is as if these materials, colors, and ideas were meant to coincide within one work of art.
Peterson’s more recent journey has delved into his love of comic books and action figures. With an immense toy collection of his own, he removed them from their boxes and took photos as a more laid back and light hearted way let out his creativity. He says “Photographing them is a way to interact and have fun with my toys in a way that’s at least a tiny bit more adult than sitting on the floor and playing with them!… The toys photos provided a way for me to be creative without all the pressures and demands I had set for myself with the other medium.” When I asked if there was a certain message to his work he said there wasn’t, just his way to let it be known that he is present in the world .Or as he cleverly puts it… “This is me. Here’s all the s*** that’s making noise in my head. I want it out and you seem to enjoy looking at it!”
Come view Oliver’s work at SPARKBOOM’s Artspace Unplugged event August 9th at 20 Terry Street in Patchogue from 6-10PM. There will an abundance of art to see, live acoustic music and craft beer and food courtesy of Saint James Brewery and Mia’s River Avenue Deli! RSVP here via FB!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jenna Weis grew up on Long Island and graduated from Commack High School in 2007. She received her Associates Degree in Visual Arts from Suffolk Community College then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University. This is her second summer working for SPARKBOOMTM, first as Lead Blogger. She hopes the blog will really engage readers to want to see more of the artists work at our SPARKBOOMTM events and help further promote the artists themselves.