The work of Brooklyn-based artist Jason Peters—on view through April 11 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art— doesn’t break new art historical ground. But the pure pleasure it elicits compensates for that. His large-scale sculptures that mix geometric and organic forms are on trend with many of today’s artists who transform everyday objects to reveal beauty in the mundane, such as Tara Donovan, Tom Friedman and Damian Ortega.
The first section of the two-room exhibition consists of a combination of drawings, paper cutouts and three large hanging sculptures built primarily out of buckets, chair frames and fluorescent tubes. Although the smallest and least flashy, the cutouts (Image 2) are compelling in how they relate to the sculpture. Shifting the focus from the outer curves of the sculpture to its hidden voids, the cutouts emphasize Peters’ interest in the play between positive and negative space.
The real showstopper is saved for last— I Am All Ways In One (Image 1), a snakelike form of hundreds of buckets screwed together in a cave-dark room, except for a buttery glow emanating from the sculpture. Due to strategically placed mirrors, it is impossible to tell the size of the room or how many buckets are used in the installation. The end result is a wonderfully immersive and disorienting experience.
While much of Peters’ work may look familiar, finding something original becomes irrelevant when experiencing the pleasant confusion his work achieves.