Lush and realistic, Peter Rostovsky’s canvases operate between the realms of pure painterly experience and a mediated, ironic distance. Painted from digital and composite photographs, his compositions depict images of the sublime to the banal, questioning at which point one might become the other.
In many of his works Rostovsky details a breadth of nature the naked eye could not possibly take in. Transport Series; Star Trek I (2000) features a star-studded galaxy exploding with colorful hot spots and points of light. The painting is an awe-inspiring portrayal of the universe, yet, simultaneously its title gestures toward a quotidian element of life that seems to lie at the other end of the spectrum.
At times Rostovsky works in the opposite direction: he elevates the ordinary. In Carrie (2002) blood drips down the face of the wide-eyed woman from the cult classic. By placing this pop culture image in the rarefied context of visual art, Rostovsky suggests such familiar markers of our times might soon become the markers of history.
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1970, Peter Rostovsky moved to the United States in 1980. He received a BA and BFA from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY in 1995. He participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York, NY the following year. He has had solo exhibitions at The Project, New York, NY (2004); Galleria Maze, Turin, Italy (2002); and James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA (2001). He was included in the 2003 Prague Biennale, Czech Republic; and in exhibitions at SMAK, Ghent, Belgium (2001) and White Columns, New York, NY (1999).