Archive for April 6th, 2007

Pete Nelson: still getting bad tattoos.

Friday, April 6th, 2007

Well, I don’t know that for sure, actually, but the image for his solo show sure makes it seem like it:


Pete Nelson is an amazingly talented sculptor who graduated from UC Berkeley’s MFA program last year. I don’t really know the details about the show yet, beyond what I’ve posted below: Pete was such a consistently impressive, relentlessly hard-working artist in the year that we were in school together, I can only expect this to be a fantastic show. He had a side project that he worked on last year, where he offered a tattoo gun to anyone who had never given a tattoo before, and let them tattoo something on his body. In a Bay Area where everyone and their grandma takes pride in their boutique tattoos, Pete’s project was always so deeply, perversely wonderful.

It’s Oakland Art Murmur this Friday night, to boot: go to blank space gallery to catch Pete’s show, then cruise on down to some of the other amazing galleries on the Art Murmur website!

The installation There aint No Party Like a Holy Ghost Party attempts to create a space where thoughts of faith and addiction can simultaneously exist. Traditionally these two states have inhabited separate landscapes socially. These two contriving terrains describe a dependency not on the other but rather on the polarity of their existence.

Nelson received a MFA from UC Berkeley, while at Berkeley; Nelson was named Anchor Fellow for the 2005-06 year and accepted a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Recent exhibitions include Five Habitats at New Langton Arts, Event Horizon at the Transmissions Gallery and American Mythology II, Oliver Art Center, Oakland, CA.

Pete Nelson
There aint No Party Like a Holy Ghost Party
blank space gallery
6608 san pablo ave, oakland ca 94608
March 30 – April 23, 2007
Reception: Friday, April 6, 7-10pm