Friday, June 18, 2010

Andre Petterson – Stitch.Print

Andre Petterson - Burst
A fun show of the latest work of the Canadian artist Andre Petterson is now at the Foster/White Gallery in Pioneer Square, Seattle. The name of Petterson’s show is STICH.PRINT and in the show you’ll see images of typewriters, adding machines, and sewing machines usually exploding and swirling with inky and squiggly lines, characters, tape, plates, birds, and wire. It’s like these venerable old machines want to say “see we are still here and you wait, you’ll be obsolete too someday” – like a last portrait of an unkempt movie starlet from days of yore. Be that the case, there is still something timeless and satisfying about these images. In the case of the sewing machines, Petterson was inspired partly by their continued use in developing countries. Obsolete is relative.

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