Peter Flemming Lazymode

Date(s): May 24 to Jun 21 2008


© P. Flemming, 2004

Opening on 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.]

© P. Flemming, 2004

Peter Flemming is an artist who makes machines. His work has been featured across North America and in Europe. He received an AOCA from the Ontario College of Art in 1997, and an MFA (Media Arts) from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2001. Flemming has taught at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. He currently resides in Montreal, where he teaches electronics at Concordia University in the Intermedia Cyberarts Program. He has held workshops in electronics and programming at artist-run centres around the world.