Artist, Craftsman, Musician

Peter Whitehead is a singular artist. An English expat who has lived more than half his life in the Mission (in addition to New York and Southeast Asia), he doesn’t see the world like most folks. He doesn’t limit himself, be it genre in music-making, conventional craftsmanship in instrument-building, or formalism in the visual arts. “The Brightness of the Day,” his first exhibition since returning to the Bay Area, brings together various strands of his creative work of the past decade. Whitehead’s creations hum with a kind of global spirit. His instrumental compositions (often used by modern choreographers) are built on exotic textures and stratified structures (think Balinese gamelan combined with 20th century “new music” à la Philip Glass). He constructs visually exciting, eerie-sounding instruments from found objects (driftwood, hoses, kitchen utensils, water-cooler jugs) and makes mixed-media collages that have remarkable depth. We speak for San Francisco when we say “Welcome back.”
Fri., March 23, 6 p.m., 2012

 
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