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Peter Bowyer
From October 1st 1988 to October 23rd 1988
First Lunar Dump

Over the past few years, Peter Bowyer's work has taken the form of complex sculptural tableaux and installations involving groups of images and scenarios, interacting to produce disjointed narrative situations. Despite their fictional character, seemingly remote in space and time, these curious tableaux present disquieting aspects of our evolution and confront the viewer with reflections on our present predicament. Referring to Bowyer's piece in "The New City of Sculpture" exhibition in 1984, Donald Kuspit wrote:
"A painting/sculpture construction with, appropriately Piero di Cosimo-like figures—some more fantastic, monstruous—in a situation of neolithic revolution. This is an extremey sophisticated primitivism...There is a strong allegorical dimension to this art, a subtly indeterminate allegory appropriate to the end-of-civilization feeling."

The underlying feeling the the human condition is showaht out of control continues to surface in the recent work Bowyer is exhibiting at Optica, "First Lunar Dump". This narrative mixed media installation is based on a sequence of ten black and white illustrations with the central theme of a hypothetical toxic dump on the moon. The outcome is a depressing allegory of contemporary technological culture.
-Press release (Optica)

Bibliographie
Gravel, Claire, « De Pierre Bruneau à Yves Trudeau », Le Devoir, Samedi 15 septembre 1988.