Greenport Harbor Brewing Company has opened a new exhibition, Ikons and Heroes, featuring artwork by Water Mill artist Oliver Peterson and artist Case Jernigan, who is based in Brooklyn.
The show is on view now, and an opening reception will be held with both artists on Saturday, February 20 from 6–9 p.m., in the Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. taproom.
Peterson, an East End native with a background in both visual art and writing (full disclosure: he’s web editor DansPapers.com), creates mixed media paintings that include comic book heroes and other iconic imagery embedded in various kinds of paint and layered collage. “My work is a visual diary of pop culture, history and the ephemera of everyday life,” Peterson says, noting that he finds inspiration in diverse subject matter, including graffiti, literature, politics, religion, medicine, advertising and heroic figures from history, fiction, mythology and modern life.
The bold colors and shapes of Jernigan’s work, which comprises cut and torn paper as its primary medium, juxtaposes nicely with Peterson’s mixed media works. Also a creator of heroic and iconic images, Jernigan’s Batman series creates contrast with color, scale and mark making. “I’m not sure why Batman comes out in my work more than other heroes,” the artist explains, adding, “Perhaps because he’s a normal guy, not morphed by some accident or delivered from another world. He works at night, is a bit lonely and certainly misunderstood.” Jernigan has shown extensively in New York, South Carolina and Connecticut.
Ikons and Heroes runs through April 17 at the Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, 234 Carpenter Street, Greenport. For more information, call 631-477-1100 or visit harborbrewing.com.