About Pro Arts
Pro Arts is an Oakland-based nonprofit arts organization that supports experimentation in the contemporary artistic process and practice through exhibitions, commissions, residency programs, research, satellite projects, digital platforms and publications. Annually we exhibit over 200 artists, conduct over 300 art education programs for youth, and reach an audience of over 8,000.
Super Symmetry 2, Peter Foucault, screen print, 13″x17″(framed)
For his solo show at Pro Arts, Peter Foucault will exhibit a new series of large-scale drawings on AluPoly and smaller works on paper. In addition, Foucault will set up an interactive robotic drawing installation at the opening reception. There will be a footprint on the floor with room for people to walk around it to interact. Jake Coolidge, an experimental bass player, will collaborate with the robot to sketch out a 45-minute drawing composition. Afterwards, the public will have the opportunity to interact with the robot to create a second composition.
About the Artist
Peter Foucault creates works on paper, videos, performances, and installations that are fueled by his love of drawing and mark making. He has created a series of Drawing-Projects, which utilize systems developed by the artist that produce complex abstract compositions. At the root of these projects is a constant tension between control and the loss of control. Viewer interactivity plays an integral part in his drawing installations, large-scale artworks in which participants influence the outcome of a drawing that is created by a small robot over the duration of an event or exhibition. His work is concept driven, and often utilizes objects that reference printmaking and multiplicities.
Foucault has participated in numerous exhibitions nationwide and his work has been included in group shows at the Getty Museum and Getty Villa, Oakland Museum of California,Torrance Museum, San Luis Obispo Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Marine Contemporary, Smithsonian Institutes’ Freer and Sackler Gallery, Kit Schulte Contemporary (Berlin, Germany), The University of Salford (Manchester, England), and The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art.
In addition to his own practice, Foucault is the Co-Founder of the Mobile Arts Platform (MAP), a Bay Area based artmaking and curatorial team that creates interactive “pop-up” mobile exhibitions and performances that directly engage the public.
Friday, May 2, 6 – 9 PM. Interactive robot drawing at 7 PM.
Saturday, May 11, 12- 12:30 PM. Performance by Peter Foucault in collaboration with artist and musician Bryan Hewitt.