My drawings are about the translation from the physical to the virtual and the loss and gain from that process.
I start with improvisational drawings on paper, with a reference to landscape. When these works are finished, they are photographed and composed into 3D virtual spaces. The composed spaces are printed and drawn into again.
I also start my works in the virtual realm by drawing tube lines in virtual space, these compositions are then printed and collaged together, giving the immaterial realm a sense of the tangible.
The drawings navigate the territory between the physical langugae of line on paper and the suspended virtual moment of digtial media,
Artist Bio / CV
Peter Alwast was born 1975, Warsaw, Poland. He lives and works in Currarong, Australia and New York. Since completing his Masters in Fine Art from the Parsons School of Design in New York in 2001, he has exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2008 Peter was the inaugural recipient of The Premier of Queensland New Media Art Award, hosted by The Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia
Alwast was also awarded a Samstag Scholarship in 1999,an Oscar Kolin Fellowship (Parsons School of Design, New York) in 1998, and a Freedman Traveling Scholarship, Sydney in 2004.
His recent solo exhibitions include The-landing (2008) and Now That The Neighbours Can Dance at Gallery Barry
Keldoulis, Sydney (2007), Places That Don't Exist, George Petelin Gallery, Gold Coast, Somewhere in the South Pacific, Blindside, Melbourne (2005) and Working like a Tiger, The Farm Space, Brisbane. His recent group exhibitions include Temperature Two, Museum of Brisbane,(2008), The Premier of Queensland New Media Art Awards, (2008), GOMA, Brisbane shows at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (1999 and 2006), The Block, QUT,
Brisbane (2006); Firstdraft, Sydney (2005); Sir Hermann Black Gallery, Sydney (2004); PS1,New York (2003); QUT Art Museum, Brisbane (2002) and The Pratt Institute, New York
Forthcoming exhibitions include Update III,Liedts-Meesen Foundation, Ghent, Belgium
http://www.zebrastraat.be/ and Experimenta, Utopia Now http://www.experimenta.org/
Alwast's conceptual practice employs a range of media including video,computer graphics, painting and drawing. His video works and drawings fold different modes and layers of representation and invoke questions about institutions: public space, private space, the spectator, new media and painting. The varying approaches to media probe the way space both real and virtual constructs ideas about subjectivity and memory.