Untitled (Figure carrying Zip)

Peter, Mick
Glasgow-based sculptor Mick Peter transforms imagery derived from fiction, illustration and graphic design into lively installations. His works, which are made from materials such as concrete, resin and polyurethane, resemble quick hand-drawn sketches that seem to have been cut from paper and catapulted into three-dimensional space. Mixing humour and absurdity, he sets up visual jokes in which fallibilities and contradictions of form and style are playfully exposed. Peter often theatrically positions his sculptures within large-scale, stage-like concrete environments or ‘mises-en-scènes’. Untitled (Figure carrying Zip), 2015 was made for the artist’s exhibition Pyramid Selling, which took place at Tramway, Glasgow in 2015. Here, a cast of illustrated characters inhabited the gallery space, appearing to work to move around huge blocks to create an enormous pyramid. The central character is a boss-like figure, who appears to be overseeing their productivity and checking his sales charts. The edges of the works are roughly finished and appear fuzzy, as though each figure is sliding in and out of focus, refusing to be static. The zip motif appears in a number of Peter’s works, perhaps referring to labour within the garment industry or collaborations between major fashion houses and artists.
  • Artwork Details: 175 x 75 x 20cm 320 x 25 x 80cm
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  • Material description: Acrylic resin, steel, jesmonite pigment, red paint, polyurethane foam, hessian, MDF
  • Credit line: © the artist
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  • Accession number: ACC11/2018



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