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Peter Cross
updated: 01/31/2013
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Steam Locomotive 1
Overpass 2
Electric Locomotive 12
Subway Entrance
Diesel Locomotive 1
Overpass 1
Electric Locomotive 10
Right of Way
Diesel Locomotive 2
Meadowlands
Shadow
House
Electric Locomotive 13
Brush Fire
Steam Locomotive 3
 
Portfolio Keywords:  landscape, dreams, historical, surreal, figurative
 
 
Steam Locomotive 1 by Peter Cross
Steam Locomotive 1
graphite on paper
2009
7 1/2" x  10 1/2" 
Overpass 2 by Peter Cross
Overpass 2
graphite on paper
2010
8" x  10 3/4" 
Electric Locomotive 12 by Peter Cross
Electric Locomotive 12
graphite on paper
2010
8" x  10 3/4" 
Subway Entrance by Peter Cross
Subway Entrance
graphite on paper
2010
8" x  10 3/4" 
Diesel Locomotive 1 by Peter Cross
Diesel Locomotive 1
graphite on paper
2009
7 1/2" x  10 1/2" 
Overpass 1 by Peter Cross
Overpass 1
graphite on paper
2009
7 1/2" x  10 1/2" 
Electric Locomotive 10 by Peter Cross
Electric Locomotive 10
graphite on paper
2009
7 1/2" x  10 1/2" 
Right of Way by Peter Cross
Right of Way
graphite on paper
2009
10 1/2" x  7 1/2" 
Diesel Locomotive 2 by Peter Cross
Diesel Locomotive 2
graphite on paper
2010
7 3/4" x  11" 
Meadowlands by Peter Cross
Meadowlands
graphite on paper
2010
8" x  10 3/4" 
Shadow by Peter Cross
Shadow
graphite on paper
2012
7 1/2" x  11" 
House by Peter Cross
House
graphite on paper
2012
8" x  12" 
Electric Locomotive 13 by Peter Cross
Electric Locomotive 13
graphite on paper
2012
8" x  12" 
Brush Fire by Peter Cross
Brush Fire
graphite on paper
2012
12" x  8" 
Steam Locomotive 3 by Peter Cross
Steam Locomotive 3
graphite on paper
2012
8" x  12" 

Artist Statement

My drawings reflect childhood memories of riding on the train through the Hackensack Meadowlands of New Jersey.

Decaying machines and places long abandoned made a lasting impression on me as a boy.  These strange visions, witnessed from the train window, had a profound effect on my sense of the world.  To most people the Meadowlands was a dirty, toxic, seemingly endless expanse of marsh that one was forced to pass through to get somewhere else.  For me, having grown up in a typical New Jersey suburb, it was a positively exotic and compelling destination in itself.

Nestled into one of the most densely populated areas of the U.S., here was a place that consisted of miles and miles of swamp with weird, man-made hills (landfills) along with small, isolated remnants of civilization. Often these remnants came in the form of rusting, derelict machines. It was an odd but beautiful co-existence of humans and nature.

The locomotives and many of the structures in the drawings derive from photographs but the landscapes in which they rest, come from my memories and imagination.

I am hopeful the viewer will experience some of the sense of isolation, the beauty of decay and the wonder I have felt during my journeys through the Meadowlands.

 

Artist Bio / CV

Education:

1985    School of Visual Arts

BFA

 

1979    Susquehanna University

BA  

 

Exhibitions:

2000    New Jersey Arts Annual

            The Newark Museum

            Newark, New Jersey

 

1989    Anna Howard Gallery

            group show

            Washington, CT

 

1988    Almquist Gallery

            one person show

            Washington, CT

 

1988    School of Visual Arts Alumni Show

            Leo Castelli Gallery

            New York, NY