ELEVEN TWENTY PROJECTS
Peter Stephens // Elemental / Ornamental
Presented by Eleven Twenty Projects in collaboration with Nina Freudenheim Gallery
Exhibition on view: September 7 – October 12, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday September 7, 2019
5 – 7pm at Nina Freudenheim Gallery
7 – 9pm at Eleven Twenty Projects
Exhibition Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm and by appointment
Buffalo, NY - Eleven Twenty Projects in collaboration with Nina Freudenheim Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition Elemental / Ornamental, new work by Peter Stephens. Utilizing a vocabulary drawn from the fundamental physics of pattern generation and the mathematics of geometry, Stephens presents two connected bodies of work produced simultaneously over the past year. Large monochromatic black and white paintings will be shown at Eleven Twenty Projects while small scale work in color will be on view at Nina Freudenheim Gallery.
This recent evolution of Stephens’ painting deepens his investigations into the laws of nature that determine structure and behavior from the subatomic to the cosmological. Beginning with an underpainting of variable grids, Stephens then layers matrices of linear elements to develop a dynamic perception of space, and an optical blending of color and tone. While the inspiration is based in science and mathematics, they lead to abstract paintings rich with associations to sumptuous textiles and architectural mosaics.
Though he has read deeply into the science, Stephens’ work is an artist’s answer to its implicit resonances. These laws shape our universe, and ourselves, but their theories, String and Quantum Mechanics, can hardly be visualized; they are mathematical equations on a chalk board. Stephens translates that world into a visual, multilayered, and sumptuous landscape that in layer after layer enfolds one gradient of reality on another. The final act is the artist’s, the random mutation that opens the door to deeper self understanding.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Peter Stephens lives and works in Buffalo, NY. His work has been exhibited in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions throughout the United States and Canada. Along with many private collections, his paintings are in the public collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The Brooklyn Museum, and the Burchfield Penney Art Center among others. This exhibition marks the 15th solo exhibition with his longtime representative Nina Freudenheim and a uniquely expanded presentation with Eleven Twenty Projects. www.peterdstephens.com
ABOUT ELEVEN TWENTY PROJECTS: Founded in 2013, Eleven Twenty Projects is a modern and contemporary arts initiative focusing on art, history, and material culture through diverse programming and with an independent vision.
ABOUT NINA FREUDENHEIM GALLERY: Nina Freudenheim has owned and operated the Nina Freudenheim Gallery in Buffalo, NY since the gallery opened in 1975. For more than 40 years, she has continued to have a strong commitment to supporting and exhibiting the finest in contemporary art, craft, and photography throughout the United States and abroad. The exhibition program includes one person exhibitions by gallery artists as well as group exhibitions based on the themes and ideas of well-established and emerging artists.