Ara Peterson

Ara Peterson

Ara Peterson (b. 1973, Boston, MA) lives and works in Providence, RI. Solo exhibitions include Derek Eller Gallery (New York), Ratio 3 (San Francisco) and Loyal Gallery (Malmö), and John Connelly Presents, (New York). His work is in the collections of Albright Knox (Buffalo, NY), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Deste Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art (Athens), RISD Musem (Providence, RI), The Progressive Art Collection (Cleveland), Berkeley Museum of Art and Pacific Film Archive, University of California Berkeley (Berkeley). His artwork has been exhibited in The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow), Bergen Kunsthalle (Bergen), P.S.1 MOMA (New York). As a founding member of the art and performance group Forcefield (1996-2003), Peterson participated in the 2002 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), as well as What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present, RISD Museum (Providence, RI) and Matthew Marks Gallery (New York).

Solo Exhibitions

Glass Eye, Scooters for Peace, Tokyo, Japan

Ara Peterson, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY

Wavepacks. Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA

Neon Gray. LOYAL, Malmö, Sweden

Turns Into Stone. Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA

Arcade, John Connelly Presents, Positions, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, FL
Multidimensional Warp. Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA
Ara Peterson’s Energy Fields, curated by Douglass Freed, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO

Wotcha. John Connelly Presents, New York, NY

The Wedge. Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA

Group Exhibitions

The Hundredth Exhibition, Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden

The Bellport Anarchist Society, curated by Barry McGee, Auto Body, Bellport, NY
Post Analog Studio, The Hole, New York, NY
Vinyls & Clips, Sound Collection Guy, Schraenen & clips d’artistes, Frac Franche-Comté, Besancon, France

CDCDDCDCDCDD: Brian Belott, Ara Peterson, Constance Tenvik, Steina & Woody Vasulka, LOYAL, Stockholm, Sweden
DFW, Slow Culture, Los Angeles, CA
Ruth Laskey, Ara Peterson, Noam Rappaport, Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA
Providence, curated by Jonas Delaborde, Musée International des Arts Modestes, Sète, France
At Home, curated by Dan Nadel, Launch F18, New York, NY

What Nerve!, curated by Dan Nadel, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY (Forcefield)

Das Optische Unbewusste / The Optical Unconscious, Kunst(Zeug)Haus, Rapperswil, Switzerland
This is Our Music, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
A Massive Swelling, Mudguts, Brooklyn, NY

Locally Made, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI
Pattern: Follow The Rules. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, MI
Xstraction. The Hole NYC, New York, NY

Transmission LA. The Geffen Contemporary, MoCA, Los Angeles, CA
Abstract Realities. The Studios, Key West, FL

New York Minute. Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, GCCC, Moscow, Russia
Dadarhea. Canada, New York, NY

PortugalArte10. Portugal Arte, Lisbon, Portugal
Ashes to Ashes. AMP, Athens, Greece
Borderland Abstraction. Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE

Topographies. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
New York Minute: 60 Artists on the New York Scene, MACRO Museum, Rome, Italy
Liberation Upon Contact. Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA
The Wynwood Walls. Miami, FL
Galaxy: A Hundred or So Stars Visible to the Naked Eye. UC, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

It Ain’t Fair. O.H.W.O.W, Miami, FL
Materialized: New American Video and…. Bergen Kunsthalle, Bergen, Norway
Constraction. Deitch Projects, New York, NY

Alpha. Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA
Deaf ”From the audible to the visible” II. Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris, France

Music is a Better Noise. P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center/Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Cosmic Wonder, with Jim Drain, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
The 59th Minute: Video Art on the NBC Astrovision by Panasonic, Times Square, New York (Mar 7-Jun 5), organized by Creative Time, New York, NY
The Gallery Show. Extra City Center for Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium
Slow Burn. Galerie Edward Mitterand, Geneva, Switzerland
Panic Room. The Deste Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece

Hypnogoogia. Deitch Projects, installation with Jim Drain, New York, NY
Extreme Abstraction. Albright-Knox in collaboration with Deitch Projects, Buffalo, NY
The Jeweleigha Set. Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, NY
Seventh Annual Altoids Curiosly Strong Collections, various locations

Wiggin Village, installation with Jim Drain, The Moore Space, Miami, FL
Color Wheel Oblivion, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
The Transparent Eyeball, Liverpool Biennale, Liverpool, England
Curious Crystals of Unusual Purity, P.S. 1 / Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Collection (or how I spent my year), P.S. 1 / Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Tedious Limbs Exhibit, Flynn Farm. Los Angeles, CA
Domestic Porn, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw, Poland

Group Show, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY
Bizarre Love Triangle, with Jim Drain + Eamon Brown, The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA
It Happened Tomorrow, with Jim Drain + Eamon Brown, Biennale d’arte contemporian De Lyon, Lyon, France
Window installation with Jim Drain, H.P.France:Bjoux, Tokyo Station, Japan
Piled high, Hanna hp grp, Tokyo, Japan
Regarding Amy, installation with Jim Drain, Green Naftali Gallery, New York, NY
Karaoki Death Machine, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York, NY
Paper Rodeo Group Show, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA

The Kids are Alright, curated by Joe Bradley, ATM Gallery, New York, NY
Group show, as Forcefield, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Flashpapers, as Forcefield, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York, NY
Third Annual Roggabogga, as Forcefield, 2002 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum, New York, NY


Forcefield, Parlour Projects, Brooklyn, NY

TCH Energy Corridor, Houston Texas

Embassy of the United States, Vientiane Laos
Hall Wines, St. Helena, California


Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Berkeley Museum of Art and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
The Deitch Archive, New York, NY
The Deste Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
The Progressive Art Collection, Cleveland, OH
RISD Museum, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI


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