Inside the White Cube
30 April – 1 June 2014
Working with painting, photography, sculpture and film, Peter Sutherland captures vignettes of American iconography in his work. Travelling around the USA, Sutherland has photographed a variety of Americana imagery, from the East to the West coast. By overlaying and collaging his own photographic material, he makes associations with pop and cult imagery, opening up possibilities for interpretation. Printed onto perforated vinyl and glued onto standard plywood, or onto rocks bought by the artist at flea markets in Arizona, these photographs take on a sculptural life, as in the work Taco Bell’s Burnt Menu (2014), where an image of a fire taken on a ranch in Colorado, is printed onto vinyl and glued onto industrial chip board. In A Reason to Wear Ridiculous Gear (2013), Sutherland has photographed a pair of 1990s skis, which are covered with collaged stickers depicting familiar slogans like ‘Free Tibet’ or well-known logos. The work alludes to the West Coast’s relaxed attitude and lifestyle but as with all of the artist’s work, its anecdotal narrative opens up endless possible interpretations and taps into collective memories.