Peanut Underground is proud to present artworks by the legendary street artist Peter Missing, founder of the Missing Foundation along side paintings and photos by collaborators Surreal Hazard (Cyril Mazard) and El Grace - October 9 - Oct 15, 2012
Reception Tuesday October 9, 7-9 pm
With special ambient spoken word performance @ 8 pm.
Peter Missing has been painting for the past 30 years and has works in over 30 museums in the U.S. and Europe including The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Getty Institute, and the Stadt Museum in Berlin. Until October 2011 Pete had his gallery, Conto Gallery in Kunsthaus Tacheles in Berlin.
Peter was one of the organizers of the protest against the Tompkins Square Park curfew that led to the Tompkins Square Park Riot. His symbol, an upside down martini glass with three strikes crossed out, means "party's over". The symbol used to be spotted all over the Lower East Side. It was often accompanied by anti-landlord, anti-gentrification, anti-police brutality, anti-corporations, and pro-environment slogans. The symbol was originally designed for a band Missing founded in 1980 called Drunk Driving and has grown to symbolize the decline of our planet and a warning to start something new; time for a change.
He founded the influential underground industrial band Missing Foundation while living in Hamburg, Germany in 1984 and imported it to the U.S. in 1985 with new members. The band has included about 20 members over its history. The name came from the East German police unit whose job it was to track down people who fled to West Germany. At shows Missing would sometimes set himself on fire as part of the performance. The band released five albums with Restless Records in L.A. including Your House Is Mine which was named Rock Album of the Week in the New York Times in 1988.
Peter worked many years as a film set designer in Hamburg and taught art to troubled youth in different German schools.
Cyril Mazard was born in Paris France and moved to New York in 1976 and has exhibited his paintings drawings and books internationally.
"As we become ever more comfortable in our free fall for all
I am left to go as far as to politely show you other wise.
In my recent work I explore the relationship we share with the other living species on this planet.
In my paintings the animals become the humans we wish we were.
The human that is capable of curbing the animal in us.
The spirit of irreverence found thru humor permits me to more adequately illustrate with direct visual statements
thru a loose figurative realist style the pressing ecological matters that we are all unable to alleviate."
El Grace was born in the Florida Keys and is a raising artist specializing in Abstract Documentation photography. Focused on the energy of the streets and lucid human essences.
Her work captures what occurs on multiple dimensions within a single moment, and translating the gift of lucid attentiveness through black and white stills, in hopes of opening minds and eyes to the multifaceted reality that exists around all of us at all times.