Exhibition Opening: The Resurrection of Cosmicman
|The Resurrection of Cosmicman
by James and Dina Johnson Perkins
Saturday 1 July 2017, 11am – 3pm
City Gallery, Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, PE1 1LF
Playful and quirky, James Johnson Perkins’ interactive work captures the excitement of childhood. With retro games such as Etch-a-sketch and Twister, the exhibition invites the audience to play, breaking down the usual conforms of the gallery space. The exhibition also features James’ highly detailed gigatages; colossal in size these works adopt familiar images of characters taken from film and media, placed frantically on backgrounds of grand cityscapes.
Russian artist Dina Johnson-Perkins’ Cosmicman photographs show a classic 80’s Soviet spaceman toy shown in different places around the world, also exploring similar themes surrounding nostalgia and fun. In this exhibition a little cosmonauts friend is resurrected in various poignant locations in: Nepal, Cambodia, China, UK and Russia.
Due to the fun nature of the work, for the Opening of this exhibition we are making a change to usual proceedings. The event will take place from 11am – 3pm and will be open for anyone to attend including families and children – so if you have young relatives or children please bring them along! There will be an opportunity for visitors to meet their favourite superheroes and villains, build a rocket for Cosmicman to fly into space, get lost in the world of Virtual Reality with HTC Vive’s Google Tilt Brush or simply view the exhibition. All activities are free and available to pop into at any time.
Also on display in Gallery 3 there will be work exhibited by artist Emily Bowers, who works primarily with digital media and illustration. Her themes often concern our relationship with nature and the environment, the effects of social media as well as looking at what’s currently happening in society from an outer perspective.