Site-specific installations in ephemeral materials. Videos mapping the un-mappable.
A fascination with our irrepressible compulsion to connect
and communicate despite the inevitable breakdown of those communications being clearly
I'm currently working with found images primarily from sixties and seventies pictorial magazines that I interrupt with over-printed digital drawings and words which introduces a layer of commentary, free association or disruption.
One half the Greenpoint-based performance and media art team ARM AND EL BEAU. With an exploratory spirit, ARM AND EL BEAU use installation, environment, technology, media and text to bring one-time-only experiences to their audiences.
My work focuses on "Scriptograms"; gestural writings that can express ideas beyond the actual
meaning of the words and their typical coding. The materials I use reflect an ambiguity of place
where meaning can have alternate interpretations.
From the New York Times:
"Peter J. Ketchum knows how to get the viewer's
attention. Shown widely around the country, his
pictures commingle colors, situations,
commentary and mediums in a manner that is
provocative, funny and to the point."
Collages made by hand and digitally, representing my navigation of both dreamscapes and
day to day waking life, thematically inclined toward investigations of physical vs robotic,
technology and spirituality.
As a photo based installation artist, I combine photographs with the alteration of spaces, performances, videos, sounds, and interactive elementsâ€”doing whatever it takes to get to what I'm afterâ€”something unpredictable and genuine.
In my work I establish a sense of a place without being a specific location, by applying a myriad of
crisscrossing lines overlapping and juxtaposed with shapes that allude to topographic and ancient
hand made maps of cities.