See It Now: Peter Arnell’s Frank Gehry-Curated Retrospective At Milk Gallery
After years of harnessing a hobby and developing thousands of negatives and digital images, Peter Arnell decided to let the world take a peek inside his mind with his first exhibit of black and white photographs at Milk Gallery.
“This is a historical moment for the gallery, it’s definitely the exhibition of the year,” said Mazdack Rassi, the mastermind of Milk Studios. Considering Arnell’s history and creative trajectory, this retrospective series curated by Frank Gehry is an inspiring and mind expanding collection of his best work. Arnell’s spontaneous technique of shooting with whatever he has handy to capture the currency of street life and street style sets him apart from other artists.
“I took some of these with my iPhone,” says Arnell proudly, proceeding to give guests a look through his cell. “I know everyone has a phone, but not everyone has the eye. It’s an eye-phone moment I have,” he says. Technicality certainly contributes to his masterful creations, as the ability to turn phone images into large-scale works of art most definitely comes with experience.
“I’ve been shooting for over 30 years, I have millions of images but I never thought of having a show. A friend encouraged me to do it,” says Arnell. The eclectic combination of architecture, street culture, sensuality, and the abstract make for an exciting and diverse show. Some images are blurry, others detailed to perfection– the point is to understand and appreciate the beauty in everything.
PHOTOGRAPHS 1984 – 2014 PETER ARNELL will run in the Milk Gallery from March 5 through April 1.