Galleri Urbane presents Peter Frederiksen: "Human Cannon Ball" opening reception
Galleri Urbane will present Peter Frederiksen: "Human Cannon Ball." In the exhibition of recent works, Frederiksen continues to utilize freehand machine embroidery to render stylized imagery associated with classic animation. Often humorous and lighthearted at first glance, each open-ended scene is embedded with darker undertones that illustrate the anxieties induced by impending physical and mental perils.
The tableaus Frederiksen embroiders exist in the time right before something happens, or shortly after consequences have been established. This ambiguity is highlighted in a number of multi-panel works that serve as individual frames for animated images of doors.
Humor resonates further in the exhibition through Frederiksen’s introduction of sewn soft sculpture. A larger-than-life dollar bill is suspended from the gallery’s ceiling by a fish hook, tempting visitors below. Another sewn dollar bill is positioned for the taking underneath a box propped up by a stick, bringing this common trope of classic animation into the real world. Together with the exhibition’s embroideries, and akin to the cartoons that Frederiksen draws inspiration from, the sculptures provide a tongue-in-cheek take on the uncertainty of contemporary life.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through November 13.