Abstract Narratives, Works by Philly-based artist, Peter Bloomfield
First off, this was a particularly memorable interview, because Peter was a delight to talk to, and he is the first artist I have profiled from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. So far it has been all about artists in Essex County, and of course my hometown, New York City.
I was able to have an insightful conversation with him, and it reminded me of why I love what I do. And why providing this platform for artists, is so important.
Art is an outlet, a release. It is a way for a person to express themselves through various mediums. But at the same time, there is the provided spotlight into society at that moment. Attitudes, concerns, and culture at that time. Buildings are a way to see into history. I can not help but also think about iconic buildings, and architecture that does the same thing.
He is an architect and visual artist based in Philly, but this weekend he is exhibiting his work at South Orange, New Jersey’s Gallery OVO. Peter Bloomfield says, “I always was into the drawing side, figuratively and architecturally, design facilities nationally, artwork and integrated it into the design of a building,”
“it is graphics, drawing, even poetry, and fashion design has often led the way prior to architecture. I was always fascinated with what was going on in the causal as well as buildings being built.”
We continue to talk about structures in that magnitude like the rise of Bell House in Germany. Painting and all aspects of design go hand in hand almost seamlessly. Architecture has brought Peter to the West coast, and since settling in Philly, he has dived back into the arts.
“I always have a sketch book with me, method as a way to repent ideas to clients we have done a lot of work for the broadcast industry,” Talk about being on the pulse.
The more we spoke, I realized that his upcoming show is going to be a turning point in his art career. I also live in an arts district, we had a lot in common in that sense. Being in the heart of the activity of an arts scene serves as major inspiration. There are now peers, and people that you can talk about the arts with. As well meet new people and being exposed to new things. I hope to introduce him our scene, and I can maybe go to Philly.
Friday, March 10 7-10p.m. join us at Gallery OVO presents Abstract Narratives, the Works of Peter Bloomfield opening. Gallery OVO is a fairly new gallery and a special one I might add. Peter met the curator and owner Caro Marr, through his wife who worked with Caro in the music industry.
I attended the MetalUrge jewelry show, with pieces designed by Jill H. It was a sisters-only event and a lot of fun. I was sent by marketing extraordinaire Gregory Burrus. This is when I saw that Gallery OVO is like no other and goes back to the fundamental reasons why it is special to be a gallery curator.
Caro Marr took a look at Peter Bloomfield’s work and loved it. She took a look at it and said, “this is interesting,”. Peter continued, “She enjoyed the subject matter, color balance, and connection to my background. She saw my interests and understood that. She then came to my studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and look through a bunch of pieces.” The pieces are large scale so I can not wait to see how Gallery OVO is transformed by the colors of Peter Bloomfield’s pieces.
Abstract Narratives, Works by Peter Bloomfield opens Friday, March 10. Running through March 26 at Gallery OVO. Located at 26 South Orange Ave, South Orange, New Jersey.