Alexis Petroff: Floating Drawings

Alexis Petroff List Gallery exhibition

Alexis Petroff: Floating Drawings

January 19–March 14, 2017

Thursday, January 19
Lecture by Alexis Petroff
Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema, 4:30 p.m.
List Gallery reception: 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Chicago-based artist, Alexis Petroff creates three dimensional installations that build upon his experience as a printmaker and painter. His drawings inspired by diverse sources, including junk mail, newsprint photographs, personal photographs, and the art of Venezuelan geometric abstractionist, Gego (Gertrud Louise Goldschmidt). He translates linear elements into volumetric paper forms painted with gouache and supported by wire armatures. They float in front of and behind cloth grounds appliquéd with opaque or semi-transparent silk shapes through which other layers and elements can be seen. Since 2010, he has also taken inspiration from found satellite images of long docks and boat houses that jut out into tributaries of the Mississippi and the Saint Johns Rivers. Drawing on an iPad, he interprets the long docks as thin, linear sculptural elements and he renders the boat houses as silk panels that float before the gallery wall as if on a river. His most recent work takes inspiration from the ways in which utility lines attach to the facades of buildings and explores the evocative relationships between transparent and opaque cloth panels. Conjuring diverse associations ranging from Calder to Kandinsky, Petroff's work explores the poetry of light, matter, and space.