The essence of this site is the pursuit of varied ideas that are centered around assemblage art. It aspires to a place where bodies of work, collaborations and information are free to develop outside of any constraints. The special release section is where topics and ideas form, develop and evolve.
Triptych - DoA / GoA Hybrid 1 2022
This image is part photograph and part graphic print. The design process combines the photographic element of Details of Assemblage with the solid color overlay of Graphics of Assemblage. Besides hybridizing the two approaches, this work has initiated a new concept that might develop as a stand alone group.
GoA 9 Triptych 2022
Many Graphics of Assemblage prints lend themselves to varied color combinations. This GoA illustrates how diverse versions of the same image maintain singularity in addition to having the ability to integrate as a group.
Modified Pinhole (DoA Group 5)
In 2022, Peter began an augmented pinhole camera experiment. The intent was to modify large format cameras in order to significantly obscure parts of Free Standing Assemblages with the intention of reducing elements to abstract shapes, forms & color. After several attempts it became clear that this approach was worth developing. Due to the extreme soft focus quality of theses images Peter realized that when considering these photographs, a cautious approach was required in order to maintain the integrity of the image structure. With that in mind, the initial print format is presented in 10"x12" single) & 12"x27" (triptych).
Wall Supported Assemblage (WSA)
For many years WSA was the primary assemblage form practiced by Peter and some of his motivation when conceiving Diversified Assemblage was to move away from this approach. And although Peter does periodically design and build WSA, he views them differently than the abstract constructions from the past and now considers this type of work graphic design and more closely related to Graphics of Assemblage than any other part of DA
Portraits of Assemblage (PoA)
Much of the work in this site was conceived as a conceptual examination. In this case it is the merging of an early photographic technology, Collodion Wet Plate, with contemporary digital processing. That combined with inspiration from early Hollywood photography, POA’s are portraits of Free Standing Assemblages as individuals. The original format of these photographs is 8”x10” on black glass. After processing these images, Peter settled on a 39”x48” print size in order to allow the subjects to achieve a larger than human proportion. This PoA group (1) consists of 10 images
Theater Form in Headdress of Assemblage (TFHoA)
In part, Diversified Assemblage was inspired by early 20th century European theater costume and set design. Theater Forms and Headdresses of Assemblage reflect some of that thought. Headdresses take on many roles.They might define cultural identity, religion, an individuals' status, or just be utilized as an ornamental accessory. No matter what the intent, headdresses have a theatrical way about them which in part is why they are defined so prominently throughout DA. And,
with the addition of the "theater (figurative) form", Peter sees this hybrid concept as a path worth developing.
Moving Assemblage (MA)
MA is motivated by film, theater and performance. The essence of the MA category is to explore collaborations with individuals & groups, integrate sections of Diversified Assemblage into a story line, and to probe the historical aspects of the participating mediums. MA recognizes the value of the black and white spectrum, the silent film form, as well as the accessibility of the contemporary moving medium. The first piece developed, and those under production, are views that embrace the abstract, surreal and absurd story history of the silent film medium all while recognizing that this art form is completely lost to a majority of the population.
Film Shorts in Production:
MA 2: Unexpected Moment
MA 3: The Pipefitter
MA 4: 3 Faces of Eve - Views of a Modern Art Curator
Performance in Production:
MA 4: An Instruction for young people on how to interview average citizens viewing assemblage art.
Graphics of Assemblage (GoA)
GoA's are Details of Assemblage (DoA) with all photographic reference stripped away and replaced with solid color. The image is reduced to abstract geometric forms. GoA's are inspired in part by the 20th century photogravure process combined with the appreciation of the Russian Suprematists' degraded color palette as well as by multiple plate printmaking. They are also encouraged by Peter's motivation to create simple composition with dominant tones that represent an alternate graphic art approach to his assemblage work. Peter's history includes the production of wall supported assemblages (WSA). WSA's are three dimensional designs and this GoA path is a two dimensional expansion of that approach. The conclusion is that this print making concept has the ability to grow and should continue to develop. Peter has been working with various print sizes and has found that a several dimensions are a good fit for this work (8"x10",19"x24", 36"x48" & 72"x96").
Details of Assemblage (DoA)
DoA photographs are the approach that confirmed that FSA's can be host and muse for separate bodies of work in other mediums. DoA's are not just about assemblage, they integrate Peter's photographic experience, aesthetic
and practical, which includes modifying and redesigning photographic equipment as well as merging historical and contemporary technologies. This category has proven to be quite expansive and it is also the design feeder for Graphics of Assemblage (GoA). DoA print sizes vary (8"x10", 18"x24", 33"x48" & 66"x96").
Free Standing Assemblage (FSA)
This is the 1st piece in the FSA group. After working for many years creating entirely abstract wall supported assemblage designs, Peter wanted to pursue a new approach and the introduction of the free standing form was the path that immediately accomplished several things. It initiated a deluge of new ideas and assemblage work, satisfied Peter's fascination with hardware and industrial things, as well as defined the plan to re-shape his art. But most importantly, the unexpected result that this little crude piece accomplished was the realization that FSA's are muses that have the ability to inspire unlimited bodies of work in any art medium and that those mediums, which are typically independent, automatically connect to assemblage.