“Carmen Vetter and Sammy Peters: Surface Language” is a new exhibit at LewAllen Galleries that explores the subject of surface texture through the work of Peters, a mixed media artist, and Vetter, a glass artist.
Building up texture on a surface is foremost in the mind of Vetter, who lives in Portland, Oregon and has been working with kiln-formed glass for close to 20 years.
“Much of my work in glass has been about surface,” she explains. “It infers touch, the seen, the exposed and inversely the depths beneath.”
“My most recent body of work comes from my interest in macro and micro things,” she adds. “I’m creating little worlds. Some of my pieces look like something that could be seen under a microscope. Other pieces look like satellite images from outer space.”
A guest lecturer at the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle who shows her work in museums across the country, Vetter has developed her own process for creating textural surfaces on her fused glass wall panels that involves the layering and removing of powered glass. Pieces are fired as many as five times in a kiln.
Peters, who was inspired by viewing the works of Picasso, de Kooning, Pollock and Ad Reinhardt at the Museum of Modern Art in New York before studying art history and design in Arkansas, creates highly textured canvases that balance the use of expressive brushwork, scribbles and drips with collaged papers and fabrics.
The recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship in 2000, Peters has shown his mixed media paintings in exhibitions from New York to Los Angeles and at LewAllen Galleries for 24 years.