Roger Peet: Traps, Flows, Echoes
Nov 6, 2014 - Nov 28, 2014
PNCA Gallery 214
Portland artist Roger Peet will open a show of new installation, video and print work in Gallery 214 at PNCA on the 6th November. The show, entitled “Traps, Flows, Echoes” focuses on the idea of the trap, in both the physical and cultural realms. Much of the show will focus on Peet’s relationship to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he has worked for several seasons to promote community conservation through art. Some of the work addresses Peet’s complex relationship with his father, who faked his death to go AWOL from the British Air Force and to fly helicopters for the CIA’s interventions in Congo in the 1960’s, an event which Peet recreates in a video collaboration with Portland director Jodi Darby. In his travels and work in Congo, Peet experienced first hand the disastrous consequences of the history his father had helped to shape, and this show will contain vivid and evocative print, installation, and sound pieces that evoke the trauma and brutality of that trap of history, as well as the ways that he and the friends that he made in Congo are trying to get out of it. The work also features sound collages and poetry by Portland MC Mic Crenshaw.
Roger Peet is an artist, writer and printmaker in Portland, Oregon. His art focuses on civilized bad ideas, evolution and extinction, predator-prey relationships, and the contemporary crisis of biodiversity and what can and can’t be done about it. He is a member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative (justseeds.org), a group of socially and environmentally engaged North American artists, and collaborates with activists, artists and scientists across the globe in the service of a more generous and a wilder world. His website is TooSphexy.com.