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Gay Liberation

Artists' Book
Edition of 10
mono-print, ink, graphite and charcoal, bound in leather.

Gay Liberation - an artists' book by Peter Mallen

A visual history of the early days of the Gay Rights Movement, using  memory and both personal and archival imagery, from events in Boston and New York. The imagery in mono-print, focuses on the Stonewall riot, the Gay Liberation Front and the early Pride movement.

Gay Liberation - various projects by Peter Mallen celebrating LGTBQ+ fight for civil rights

Gay Liberation - a series of books and prints by Peter Mallen

Galileo's Moons

Galileo's Moons - various projects by Peter Mallen celebrating the 1610 publication of Siderus nuncius by Galileo  Galilei Sidereus Nuncius or Starry Messenger is a short astronomical pamphlet published by Galileo Galilei on March 13, 1610. It was the first published scientific work based on observations made through a telescope, and it contains the results of Galileo's early observations of the moon, a subject not visible to the naked eye.
The Galilean moons are the four largest moons of Jupiter—Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. Galileo recognized them as satellites of Jupiter. They were the first objects found to orbit another planet. Their names derive from the lovers of Zeus. 
Galileo's Moons - various projects by Peter Mallen celebrating the 1610 publication of Siderus nuncius by Galileo  GalileiMixed media, artist books and prints

Akan Gold-weights from the Early Period (1400-1700)

Mrammou prints and artist book

In May and June, 2017, Peter Mallen was an International Artist in Residence in the UNESCO Medina of Tetouan, Morocco. During his tenure, he explored the North African area, sketching endangered species for his residency exhibition. He came in contact with many forms of ancient African cultures, including the Akan People of Ghana.

Mrammou, or Akan goldweights were used as a measuring system by the Akan people, particularly for weighing gold dust which was used as currency. As an essential part of an exchange system in an active trading economy, goldweights were the most abundant form of African art. 

The decendents of the Akans are the majority people of today’s Ghana and Ivory Coast - a population of roughly 20 million people. The decoration and symbolism found on some geometric gold-weights share stylistic similarities with designs found on other media such as stamped cloth (adinkra), stools, and leather. 

Peter Mallen Rauschenberg-process transfer print

Snap to Grid

LACDA Gallery

104 East Fourth Street 
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Saturday Openings: December 15, 6-9pm 

Exhibit Dates: December 13, 2018 - January 5, 2019 
Art Walk preview: Thursday December 13, 7-9pm


Mixed-media transfer print, 18x20"

Peter Mallen bas-relief

Pictured at left are recent works: top left & right: 41.3805°N 70.6455°W (The Latitude and Longitude of Martha's Vineyard)
Bottom: Barbary Falcon, Right Whale from the endangered species seriess and a Map of Martha's Vineyard in a custom color.

This series of works on paper represent my long-term interest in exploring three-dimensionality and the surface of paper. The bas-relief technique refers to ancient stone carving traditions. My focus has been to explore the boundaries of surface, technique and abstraction. I am always open to cross-cultural influence, whether from the colors used by the artisans of Tetouan, or, from the abstracted elements of modern Japanese print-making.

The process of paper-making is, in itself, an expressive but structured technique which enables the control of medium from beginning to end. It also allows me to literally create “something” from “nothing”. The raw material for the paper is recycled cotton, so, the substance and the structure of the bas-relief is re-purposed and up-cycled. Adding precious metal to some of the pieces completes the transformation from “trash” to “treasure”.

Woodcuts, Kyoto Municipal Museum, Kyoto Japan
A woodcut involves an ancient printmaking technique used for producing multiples.A block of wood is carved with gouges, cutting away the negative area and leaving some of the surface intact. The at surface is then inked with a brayer and printed onto paper using a baren. The process can involve a single wood block (below), or multiple wood blocks each inked with a dierent color and image (above) using several key blocks. The carving and printing processes is done entirely by hand, requiring very little materialand no special equipment. Wood and ink are used sparingly, and I make my own recycled paper.











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