Gary Petersen

Books and Catalogues

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"Domestic City", group exhibition, 2010.
Articles and Reviews

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John Yau review of my solo show "Back There Behind the Sun" at McKenzie Fine Art.
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Edith Newhall, Philadelphia Inquirier, "Galleries: A fine show of 'something else'". August 10,2014.
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Chip Schwartz, Knight Arts Foundation, "Gary Petersen divides objects from experiences at Tiger Strikes Asteroid", August 12, 2014.
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Essay for "zip line tow rope" solo exhibition at Tiger Strikes Asteroid gallery, Philadelphia, PA. August, 2014.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Jawnts: An art exhibition for the geometrically minded
Jake Blumgart
Posted: Sunday, August 3, 2014, 1:09 AM

Just north of Vine Street, in a jumble of warehouses, tunnels, and soon-to-be condos, sits a long-standing warren of artist collectives. It is home to such memorably named conglomerations as Grizzly Grizzly, Vox Populi, Marginal Utility, and Tiger Strikes Asteroid. You'll know it by the full bike rack out front.

This month Tiger Strikes Asteroid will be hosting a full-wall effort from New York-based artist Gary Petersen, called "zip line tow rope." One side of the room is now corn yellow and cut across with a network of multicolored bands that expand, contract, and branch off of one another. It's an airily mesmerizing effect.

"Usually you think of geometry as very orderly, almost spiritual," says Petersen. "I take that notion of geometry and endow it with a '60s pop sensibility. There's a slightly aerodynamic feel to it. When I work there is no sketch or plan. I respond to the space on sight."

He painted the west side of the room yellow on Sunday and, on Wednesday night, was putting the finishing touch (a purple one) on the piece. "zip line tow rope" is his largest painting, 14 feet high by 19 feet wide. It will be on display for the month and then painted over on Aug. 31. The eastern wall will be inhabited by a few of his smaller exhibitions.

Petersen is a Staten Island native who lives in Hoboken and paints in Manhattan. His previous work follows a similar tack, but on paper and wood panel, featuring vast expanses of barely contained, variously hued chaos.

The New York City of his youth - he was born in 1958 - will be familiar only to those millennials who have seen The Warriors. Petersen shares the standard, and well-warranted, fear of those who were around for the fiscal crisis and Richard Hell: Today, too many people are being priced out of the city. The art scene fueled by cheap rents and a 24/7 subway system will soon go the way of CBGB.

Philadelphia has both the cheaper rent and, at least for this summer, the all-night subways. While Petersen refrains from echoing Patti Smith's recent call for artists and musicians to flee New York in search of cheaper real estate, he says, "The energy that's bubbling up in Philadelphia is a really good vibe. I think there's a good scene here that's really happening."

Jawnts: IF YOU GO

Zip line tow rope

Through August at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, 319A N. 11th St. Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. and by appointment., 484-469-0319, or

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Philadelphia City Paper
What to do this First Friday
By Holly Otterbein

+ Tiger Strikes Asteroid
Stop by Tiger Strikes Asteroid to see geometric mastermind Gary Petersen’s colorful, massive, site-specific painting. Along with the titular 14- by 19-foot piece, his exhibit “zip line tow rope” also features a few works on paper.
“I am interested in geometric abstraction that reflects our vulnerability and uncertainty in the world,” Petersen says in his artist’s statement. “I’ve always been interested in the line, how it contains, defines and suggests. Color is very important in my work. It allows the somewhat familiar forms to become personal and subtly eccentric.”
Through Aug. 31, reception Fri., Aug. 1, 6 p.m., 319A N. 11th St., 484-469-0319,

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Malone, Peter, "Profaning Geometry, Venerating Uncertainty", Hyperallergic, July 11, 2014.
blinnk:cool tectonics on chrystie street
Geoform: an interview with me on the Geoform website
NY Arts Magazine, "Amanda Church interviews Gary Petersen".
Frederick, Jeff, "Gary Petersen and Halsey Hathaway", Art in America, Exhibition Reviews, May 2012, no.5:p177.
Artist of the Week: LVL3 Gallery Blog.
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Haberarts, "1.25.12 - Brooklyn Beginnings" by John Haber
The New Criterion, February 2012. Gallery Chronicle by James Panero.
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Sharon Butler: Two Coats of Paint, January 13, 2012
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Silas Marder Gallery,"Big Show 6" summer 2011,Bridgehampton,New York.
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Maine, Stephen. A Wild Horizon, The New York Sun, Gallery Going, July 5, 2007, Section II, p.15 & p.20.
Maine, Stephen. Gary Petersen at Michael Steinberg, Art in America, April, 2006, p.160.
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Johnson, Ken, Julie Langsam "From Here To Modernity" and Gary Petersen "Colossal Youth", The New York Times, The Listings, December 2, 2005:section B, p.27.
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McQuaid, Cate.Gary Petersen:Recent Work, The Boston Globe, April 19, 2002.
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