Peter Frederiksen ‘attracts with a stitching machine’ to create gorgeous embroidery paintings


Working with an ordinary – albeit altered – stitching machine, Peter champions the artwork of embroidery to create improbable cloth paintings sew by sew. In NO NO NO NO NO, his first solo exhibition at Massey Klein Gallery, he attracts on his love of post-war cartoons akin to Warner Brothers and The Simpsons to create artworks that seem to rail towards the world in a state of defiant protest.

This theme manifests itself by doorways frantically being held shut, wood indicators dotted all through a forest and even objects akin to handcuffs and a fuse that’s about to be lit. Representing each refusal and imminent hazard, NO NO NO NO NO captures the numerous meanings that may be summed up in that easy, two-letter phrase, ‘no’.

It is no shock that a number of the works on show could be learn with a detrimental connotation. Within the piece ‘Some locks will not maintain’, we see an individual left to fend for themselves towards an oncoming horde whereas their barricade fails. In ‘Compelled to carry out’, viewers see the specter of a process which is unimaginable to carry out, full with vertigo-inducing views.

“NO”, 2022

“Stuck, only until it's no longer convenient.”, 2022

“Caught, solely till it is now not handy.”, 2022

Not each picture is essentially detrimental, although. Some are open sufficient for viewers to inject their very own constructive which means. Take the wood indicators scattered by the snowy woods. Does their easy declaration of ‘no’ deter the viewer, or as a substitute warn them away from lurking risks? ‘No’ can be learn as a declaration of resistance, signalling power and hope.

In the meantime, within the meticulously-titled ‘Out from beneath rocks, clearing the crust from dreary eyes and seeing buddies once more’, we see two neighbours greet one another for the primary time in, presumably, ages as they wipe dist from their home windows. May ‘no’ on this event be an exclamation of disbelief?

To assist in giving us some perception, Peter provides: “In a twist on that piece’s optimism, the diptych “Caught, solely till it is now not handy.” presents an issue and an answer in mirrored panels, although considerably deviously.”

He provides: “Equally devious is the pairing of a smooth sculpture titled ‘Duds’ – whereby twenty-two crimson, fibrous sticks of dynamite are rendered ineffectual and caught decoratively to the wall – and embroidery “Teetering on indecision.” depicting the moments of contemplation earlier than lighting a fuse and beginning on a path of destruction, a selection not-yet made however thought of, delayed lengthy sufficient for the match to burn all the way down to fingertips.”

“Forced to perform.”, 2022

“Compelled to carry out.”, 2022

“Some locks won’t hold.”, 2022

“Some locks gained’t maintain.”, 2022

NO NO NO NO NO is an amusing and thought-provoking look into what it means to refuse, made all of the extra entertaining and accessible due to the ACME-like characters which appear to inhabit this embroidery world.

The product of a “fervent modifying course of”, these works start as screenshots taken from previous cartoons. Peter focuses on the smallest components which include probably the most motion, the crops, edits and provides extra particulars earlier than tracing, sketching and ultimately stitching his creations onto linen.

And as for the titles for his items, which act as ciphers and descriptors, and even simply one thing that Peter finds humorous, these all serve to offer a jumping-off level for the viewer’s interpretation of the work.

“Whereas making an attempt to match the poetics of the picture with the poetics of the phrases, the artist maintains that a lot is open to interpretation – he’s as all in favour of what others really feel from the work as that which was supposed,” provides the gallery.

Wish to see Peter’s embroidery artwork for your self? Do not say no, as a substitute head to the Massey Klein Gallery earlier than 8 October.

“NO NO NO NO”, 2022

“Out from under rocks, clearing the crust from dreary eyes and seeing friends again.

“Out from beneath rocks, clearing the crust from dreary eyes and seeing buddies once more.”, 2022

“I think I heard something.”, 2022

“I believe I heard one thing.”, 2022

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