Rapa Nui

It may be Easter Island to you but it’s Rapa Nui, actually.rano-kau

Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso, city of street artists

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Last Harvest at Whistler

No, this post is not about some ecological disaster …  Last Harvest, the documentary by Hui Wang, won two awards at the Whistler Film Festival:

*Alliance of Women Film Journalists Inc.

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Last Harvest – WORLD PREMIERE

LAST HARVEST premiers at PLANET IN FOCUS October 25, 2015.  Next, it will be shown at the Whistler Film Festival in December, 2015.  Congratulations to filmmaker Hui Wang on her first documentary.

About the film:

As China emerges more on the world stage and fills our store shelves, many of us want to know more about it.   Hui (Jane) Wang’s  intimate documentary  LAST HARVEST is about a couple who are displaced by one of the huge projects transforming the Chinese economy. This couple could be our parents; they could be us.

River Work

What is that guy doing in that river?  Building a fish trap?  A spirit catcher, maybe? Image

Photo above  links to a Flickr set I took.  I could work for days on a sculpture and, in the end, be less true than this man’s work emerging piece after piece over a couple of hours from the river’s rocks, his hands and his spirit.

For more of his river work, check out this post on Blog T.O

Muskoka – Taboo Resort

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Muskoka – Taboo Resort, a set on Flickr.

North of Toronto about 2 hours by highway (on a good winter day), the summer vacation area of Muskoka has a special attraction in winter too.
Travelling on x-country skis, I explored a golf course in it’s winter rest. The sand traps have become snow traps where fantastical forms wrap and transform the contours. The fairways become canvases for the sun and bare trees to paint an ever-shifting abstract pattern.

Sculptures

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go to Sculptures by Peter, for the full set on Flickr.

I have been exploring social constructs, especially how they are illusions masking more complex realities. In general, to think anything is ‘black & white’ is an illusion. Even the traditional yin-yang to me is inaccurate in that it appears as a closed system, where white and black are separated from each other.  So how do I explore  this?

In my diorama works, the family – two-dimensional as portrayed by simplistic ideologies often found in advertising and mass media programming.  But, as the context shows, to imagine ‘family’ exists separate from the messy real world is an illusion. The falsity of the illusion is symbolized in the second diorama by that same family by the side of an empty road, without agency, waiting with thumb out to take a ride in someone else’s illusion of reality.

In making my chess works, I was meditating on the cycle of life and death and the place of conflict.  The mother of queens shows the battering of a long life, but with strength and dignity;  the young queen and king are seeing a different reality.  On the boards, youth posture and fights, imagining all is black and white.  But their illusions float on a sea of blood, and every in conflict everyone loses.

Last, in my yin-yang works I first opened the symbol by removing the enclosing circle.  The divide between the yin and yang becomes yin and yang, and the enclosed pure circle of the opposite is replaced by slag and coral – products of our messy world.  In the second, bronze piece, the pure form is populated by us in all our confusion and complexity.