Kunstnerintervju #14 Pete Fleming

Pete Fleming deltar med skulpturen “Paths, conduits, tentacles, digits, connections, grasping, reaching, pointing» på Østlandsutstillingen 2018. Verket fra 2017 vises i Trafo Kunsthall og er laget av polyetylen, polymetylmetakrylat, polyvinylklorid, aluminium, LED-lys, telekabel, sand, 318x257x112cm.

Pete Fleming: Paths, conduits, tentacles, digits, connections, grasping, reaching, pointing

1) How did you discover that would become an artist?
I was mediocre at soccer, and my teenage punk band never sold out – I guess an artist is halfway between the two?

2) What is the challenge of working as an artist today?
The same as it has always been – studio space, time, and money.

3) Where do you get inspiration and ideas from?
Listening to people, watching the light change, and trying to learn from everyday experiences. Recently I have been thinking a lot about the sensual and haptic nature of digital images.

4) Have you attended the Østlandsutstilling earlier and What does it mean for you to exhibit at Østlandsutstillingen?
This is my first time as an exhibitor and I am so happy to be participating alongside so many wonderful artists!

5) Is there something special you want to convey with the art that you show on ØU2018?

The piece, “Paths, conduits, tentacles, digits, connections, grasping, reaching, pointing,” is deliberately ambiguous in form, describing not only the material construction of data networks but also the bodily gestures with which we connect to those networks. Referencing naturally networked life such as roots, shoots, and tentacles, the form of the sculpture seems to give life to the telecoms cable and plexiglass components, taking on an energy akin to that of a wild animal. Neither threatening or friendly, but potentially both, the sculpture acts a metaphor for our relationship to data networks.

6) Is there an exhibition or an artistic event that you are looking forward to in the summer / autumn of 2018?
My partner, Allyce Wood, has an exhibition at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, so I am very much hoping we can visit California in the fall to see that! I’m excited to see Sondra Perry’s “Typhoon coming on” at the Serpentine Galleries in London, her work at Louise Dany and the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter here in Oslo was fantastic!

7) How does your artistry look forward? Do you have long-term goals or do you work from work to work?
I will be exhibiting with Daniel Vincent Hansen at Babel visningsrom for kunst in Trondheim this October, so this summer I will produce that work. I don’t have a long-term plan mapped out, but try to follow where my work leads. Looking back over the last 5 years, I have been pursuing hope within uncertainty through a poetic visual practice.