Artist Bio: I am a professional visual artist who works in various media - sculpture, painting, and graphics. I recently completed a long, successful and happy career as an Illustrator for a scientific research foundation in Boston. I am currently free to devote myself to my own interests in painting, graphics and sculpture. During the past year, I have traveled extensively, as both an international artist-in-residence as well as a working visual artist in Morocco, Greece and France. I have taken advantage of these opportunities to experience widely different cultures, art and people. The effect on my work has been positive and exciting. My work has recently been included in an international woodcut exhibition in Kyoto, and a solo show in Provincetown. A show of his Works on Paper is currently on view at Out of the Blue Gallery in Cambridge, MA.
In collaboration with Harry Judd, Mallen has also produced and mounted street installation projects focusing on social justice issues. In July, 2016, they created ArtAttack/Oak Bluffs in response to the mass-murder attack at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando (51 pieces installed in Oak Bluffs Arts District). During Women's Week in October, 2016, Judd and Mallen installed ArtAttack/Provincetown which focused on gender equity and pay parity (45 pieces installed in Provincetown's East End Gallery District). In each case, the surviving art works were donated to a charity. The Oak Bluffs pieces went to the town library, while the Provincetown pieces went to Helping Our Women (HOW). The pair installed ArtAttacks in New Orleans (February-March), San Diego (March-April) and will instal l in Paris in September, 2018.
Mallen will also be exhibiting on the west coast while continuing to work in his summer studio gallery in the arts district of Oak Bluffs, on Martha’s Vineyard.
Artist Statement: I am an artist who works in various media - sculpture, painting, and graphics. Like many artists, I work in series. Each successive piece evolves from the previous and, for me, this process encourages a natural flow of concept, technique and product. I also work in a cycle dictated by the seasons. In fall and winter, I work indoors in my studio, chiefly producing paintings and works on paper. In the spring and summer, I work outside on sculpture. My multi-discipline interests and the juxtaposition of the various media works well for me. The approach and manner in which they are produced is similar, as is the design and the focus on surface and finish. I am currently working in oil on large-format paintings and hand-carved limestone sculpture. I am also continuing to produce print-based artist books, as well as jewelry.
While at Art Klub: Peter plans on being accessible and open as a working artist, within the neighborhood and the community, and to present his work publicly by means of an open studio and an exhibition, which includes an “ArtAttack” workshop, followed by an open studio, and public placement for the art produced by the workshop participants. Art pieces produced would be seen as independent public art and dispersed throughout the community for exposure and appropriation. The negotiable theme that is focused on social justice, and/or of importance, or, specific to New Orleans (e.g. “RESPECT” or “ART HAPPENS HERE”).
Peter would also like to produce a concise artist book on his daily experience called Ephemerides New Orleans (from the Latin ephemeris meaning diary that reflects his ongoing interest in astronomy and celestial navigation. He recently completed an artist book celebrating the 400th anniversary of the publication of Siderus Nuncius by Galileo. His work featured drawings of the moon, honoring Galileo’s observation via the telescope he invented. Using a technique combining drawing and printmaking, Peter will interpret his daily observations around NOLA, and adapt them into a concertina-format book.
My recent experience as an artist-in-residence in the UNESCO Medina of Tetouan, Morocco would be the model for my proposal for the Art Klub NOLA Residency. To experience the Moroccan geography, from lush mountain to sparkling ocean, and to be exposed from within to the Muslim culture and religion, were the reasons I chose to travel across the globe for an experience that was totally unknown, unpredictable and transformative. As I had hoped, I returned with my mind more open to understanding a different culture and to accepting beliefs so dissimilar from my own. I also returned with a vastly expanded visual “dictionary” of images: fauna, flora, custom, culture, religion. During this residency, my chosen project was: Sacred Species: Exploring the fauna of Morocco and North Africa (http://petermallen.com/tetouan.html).
I traveled to wildlife preserves sketching the endangered animals that the Moroccans proudly treasure and lovingly preserve. Once back in the studio, I translated the sketches into bas-relief sculptures. During my residency, I held Open Studios for local residents and art students. At the end of my period I held an exhibition that was widely attended and thoroughly enjoyed.
Since my return, I have mined this experience and knowledge to produce sculpture, paintings, prints and artist books. The pieces from the exhibit have been shown at galleries in Cambridge and Paris. The pieces educate and encourage viewers to experience a really positive facet of Moroccan culture and the Muslim religion to respect and protect our creatures and environment.
Artistic Medium(s): Currently focusing on painting, prints and sculpture.
Large scale oil paintings
Print making: Rauschenberg-technique transfer prints and color woodcuts. Using print-making techniques to produce artist books.
3-D sculpture in hand-carved limestone and and cast concrete sculpture.
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