Episode 59 / VOICES ON ART – The VAN HORN Gallery Podcast / Getting to the bottom of things | PETER NADIN, artist and farmer, NYC and the Catskills
Recorded March 15, 2022, 39 min., language english. Portrait photo by Alon Koppel.
This is a special episode created in collaboration with Independent New York for the OVR of the upcoming edition of the fair from May 5, 2022 on.
Peter Nadin *1954 is an artist, poet, farmer and avid observer of human and animal nature. He talks his beginnings in England, his moving to NYC as a young man and his experiences and observations on consciousness and perception through the years. Peter was a key figure of the the New York City downtown art world of the late 1970s and 1980s. After realising that he needed more time to get to the bottom of things, he decided to leave New York City to live and work on his own farm in the Catskills. For quite some years he didn’t exhibit his works at all or only in special places. The direct experience of life resonated in a more profound way with him than the cultural interpretation of it. To him there is no hierarchy between art making, farming or sanding the floor. He acknowledges the different pereception systems of humans and animals and realized that the beauty of this is, that no one perception is more real than another…. Peter’s primary focus in his own art is and was the representation of consciousness and direct life experience through painterly marks. When he uses cashmere wool of his own goats in a painting, the painting does not show the goat – it kind of is the goat itself. To him the time and dedication that are spent to create a painting leave traces in the surface, in the paint itself, which enables us to understand – in a quite deep way – someone else’s experience. Theres still a lot to do for him and a lot to understand, so he continues working, experiencing and observing the world with a humble and loving eye.
His exhibition „The Distance from a Lemon to Murder“ is up at Off Paradise through May 8, 2022 and he will show his paintings with the gallery in a two-person presentation with Maximilian Schubert at the upcoming edition of Independent New York.