Lazymode

© P. Flemming, 2004

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© P. Flemming, 2004

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Lazymode

Exhibition
May 24 to June 21, 2008

Opening
Saturday, May 24, 2008, at 4 pm

Peter Flemming’s practice involves combinations of custom electronics, home- brewed mechanical devices, machine processes, industrial objects, hardware store items, obsolete or cheap consumer technology, and/or computer code cut-and-pasted together. Lazymode will present some older works, re-tooled and reconsidered, as well as new and in-progress experimental works, made over the last year. The work ranges from networks of small devices to large-scale installations. Flemming sees these as the electro-mechanical equivalents of short stories. Instead of paragraphs, sentences, words and letters, he uses nuts and bolts, batteries, metal and electronic components to explore themes such as utility, efficiency, entropy, leisure and nature vs. technology. Peter Flemming learned basic electronics at art school, and picked up other skills by tinkering in the studio. His practice is grounded in empirical experimentation with various techniques and technologies, cross-coupled with an interest in natural and cultural phenomena. In constructing automata that make use of repetitive motion, he hopes to open a small space for contemplation, in which the audience can become temporarily absorbed. [P.F.]

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Peter Flemming

Active for over a dozen years, Peter Flemming is a folk machinery artist, doing electronics handcraft ‘by ear,’ tinkering intensively and intuitively in the studio. He has exhibited extensively internationally and been the recipient of numerous grants, awards and residencies. An occasional writer and curator, he has produced exhibition texts for other artists. He is an active board member or member of several local arts organizations. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Flemming currently lives and works in Montréal, where he teaches electronics for artists at Concordia University.