The unusual happens pretty regularly, the impossible is slightly more rare. These categories are contingent on our knowledge of the world and our attention to our environment. My work addresses this relationship between wonder and understanding through a diverse range of media. In sculpture, drawings and photography I explore the unrecognized and the under-recognized by suggesting a hidden content in the world. In both the method and content of my work, materials hold a privileged position. The considered selection and handling of material promotes both physical and metaphorical shifts that encourage an intimacy with the unexpected. These objects and images confound our assumptions of the everyday by engaging the conflict between our perceived understanding of the world and an unacknowledged potential.
Peter Kreider was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He studied at the Tyler School of Art and Alfred University. Kreider’s work addresses a hidden potential in the content of the world and the interstices between wonder and understanding. He has shown at venues including Cuchifritos, White Columns and Jack the Pelican Presents and had solo exhibits at the Urban Glass Workshop and Reed College’s Cooley Gallery. His awards include the Dieu Donne Papermill workspace residency a fellowship at Socrates Sculpture Park and a project for downtown Brooklyn sponsored by the Public Art Fund. Recent exhibitions include The Ghosts of Coleridge at FIT, Bent in Portland, OR and Material Afterlife in Grand Rapids, MI.