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Peter J. Ketchum
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Prospect Heights



ARTIST STATEMENT: My ephemerally based work exists far from the art world’s fashionable mainstream. In fact, it isn't even a tributary! In technicolor and with a laugh track, it addresses our impermanence and the long afterlife of our prejudices and foibles. It looks at the origin and perpetuation of stereotypes in pop culture and marvels at the reduction of human experience into a mere 140 characters or less.
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  • The Man With the Lord'sPrayer on his Chest
    2016
    Found photo, found ephemera, acrylics, photo dyes, marker, on paper
    Tattooed 1920's man with a 1900's print of the Lord's player. Amen already!

  • WHAT THE MIRROR SAW 1867-1941
    2016
    Found mirror, found b&w photos, acrylics, photo dyes
    Found broken mirror, mirror glass, black and white found photos blown up, colored and cut out. A reflection of our times: race, sexual identity, religion, economic inequality.

  • Michaela Booked 1949
    2015
    Acrylic, found b&w photo, photo dyes, paint pen, paper on board
    Mug shot of a transvestite.

  • Broken Clock in Real Time
    2015
    Acrylic, found b&w photos, found 1930's alarm clock with racist image, found brass pendulum (12 inches in fixed position) image,
    Part of quote from Martin Luther King

  • Museum Nude (Female)
    2015
    Acrylic, found b&w photo, photo dyes, pen on wood
    Vintage nude hand-colored on painted background.

  • Girtrude (Sic) Torn and Reformed (Texas
    2015
    Found b&w photo booth photo, ink, photo dyes, paint pen, paper on canvas board.
    Found pieces of aa b&w photo booth photo was reformed, blown up and painted on. The identity written in ink on the back of the photo was photocopied and added to the painted collage. (Girtrude Sm

  • Swamp Wrestlers (Or Locker Room Talk)
    2016
    Found photos, photo dyes, acrylic, paper
    Body shaming, locker room talk, and macho man in nature (a swamp)

  • Aida in the 42nd Street Photobooth
    Acry;lic, found b&w photo, oils on stretched canvas
    Shown in "35 Artists of North America" curated by Thomas Krens, ex head of the Guggenheim.

  • The Man with Jesus on His Chest
    2015
    Acrylic, found photo, photo dyes, marker on wood
    Man with crude tattoo of Jesus.

  • A Man Who Was Scratched
    2015
    Acrylic, found tintype, found photo, photo dyes, pen, pencil, paper on wood
    Part of my new Wabi-Sabi series. See peterjketchum.com

  • Pensees
    2015
    acrylic, found photo, paper, photo dyes, paint pen on encaustic board

  • Postcards From Our Fathesr and Their Fathers Before Them
    Acrylic, found postcards, marker, pen on stretched canvas
    Exploration of historical sexism through found ephemera dating from the 1890's (French nudes) through the late 1940's. Found postcards, blown up, colored, and cut out. Acrylic. Small black a

  • What Remains of Hazel
    2015
    Acrylic, found photo, photo dyes, pen, paper on encaustic board
    Part of my Wabi-Sabi series. see www.peterjketchum.com

  • NOPE
    2016
    Paper, inkjet
    Takeoff on the Obama poster but with...

  • The Parson's Family in Which the Church Looms Large
    1986
    Acrylic, found photo on stretched canvas.
    First picture done in my found-photos-married-to-painted-backgrounds series. Church was painted in Canada while on vacation.

  • Museum Nude (Male) #2
    2015
    Acrylic, found photo, photo dyes, marker on wood
    1890's b&w male nude, hand-colored on painted background.

  • Snuff Grannie Just After the War (Civil)
    2015
    Acrylic, found tintype, found photo, photo dyes, pen, pencil, paper on wood
    Daugeretype with portions of a period snuff label on simulated tin.

  • Strike on Rear (Matchbook)
    2015
    Acrylic, paint pen, marker, paper on wood
    From adapted series of matchbook covers.

  • The Adoration of Sister Margaret Mary of Brooklyn
    Acrylics, found b&w photos on canvas
    Tableau vivant in the privacy of the cardinal's chapel.

  • BOOM!!!!
    Acrylic, photo dyes, found black and white photo
    From a cabinet card found in Washington state. Black and white figure blown up, cut out (Exacto knife), and painted on. The mounted on a painted background.
 








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