Recent Paintings/Peter Waite
Winster Wachter Fine Art
203 Dexter Avenue, Seattle, WA 98109
January 17th – March 7th, 2018
Opening reception with the artist Thursday, January 18th, 6-8pm
For me, visual experience is temporary and fragmented, and visual memory is constantly adjusting details to make impressions – whether pleasing or haunting – last a little longer. Using a combination of on site sketches, snap shots and memory, I depict real visits to real places; my intent is to make the ordinary extraordinary, the familiar unfamiliar and of course, vice versa.
The term 'frozen motion' eludes and intrigues me both in choosing subject matter and later painting it. My painting is then an effort to resolve the tension between the stability of a fixed and unique location in space, and the many different emotions, meanings, purposes and ironies that build up in the atmosphere or 'aura' that one both senses at the site and 'remembers' from one's own knowledge or experience.
I also think about what a carpenter friend once said: "You know Pete, nothing ever really gets fixed."
The paintings in this exhibition came about from recent encounters with locations in Los Angeles, Cincinnati, New York, Barcelona, Madrid, and, closer to home, New England.