Peter P. Goché
Field Notes
Dec. 7th 2013

Transient Gallery’s second show exhibits a new series of work titled Field Notes by Ames-based artist Peter P. Goché. Field Notes is an ongoing series of ethnographic assemblies that are painterly, sculptural, and phenomenal. Each inquiry is part of a process by which the cultural history and perceptual experience of a particular setting is revealed. Mr. Goché has exhibited internationally, is widely published as an artist, an architect, and a scholar. He is a Senior Lecturer of Architecture in the College of Design at Iowa State University.

Working out of an obsolete agricultural building, Peter assembles found detritus (native to Iowa farm culture) on the top of laboriously scraped and worked thick and viscous ink which sinks into or piles up as a considered but irregular grid on a plywood substrate. Iridescent colors from oxidation arise, creating rainbow effects as one might see in oil slicks on rain puddles, and other areas penetrate the wood and promote the appearance of its natural grain. The overall effect is one of painterly effort and graphic impact. It points towards the way humans have worked and reworked our land, and asks for reflection on the labor, the production, and the legacy of our endeavors for subsistence and survival.