Petterson, who has a special fondness for vintage machines, uses photographs, paint and ink to create explosively kinetic artworks that might help you shake off the November blues.
Typewriter tornadoes and bicycle orgies — Andre Petterson’s machine portraits with a twist - published in Seattle Times, November 12, 2015
Gray skies have you feeling lethargic? Here’s an art exhibition to jolt you back into shape — the hyperactive machine portraits of Vancouver, B.C., artist Andre Petterson, now showing at Foster/White in Pioneer Square. Typewriters explode and multiply; bicycles are buried in ribbons; and energetic streams of paint, ink and pencil pulse through space like waves of sound, or bursts of electricity.
It’s all very eye-catching and kinetic; Petterson’s pictorial dramas are bold, musical and even humorous. Neither the titles (“Riddle 2,” “Whiteout,” “Sling 2”) nor his own artist statements give much away in terms of what the intriguing images might be about, but these are pictures that clearly make visual sense — and it’s up to us to figure out what that might be.