Through a process of social actions grounded in the analogue and the hand-made, Peter Driver addresses his concerns for people and planet. Despite all the evidence that he is wasting his time, he continues to make art hoping it can make a difference in the world. Whether presenting his psychogeographic experiences of durational walks and contested sites, or negotiating the ambiguities of text and interpretation, he confronts viewers with work which can be both a material assertion and a tentative search for understanding. He frequently makes work where a short text sits within a context combining colour-play, geometric sequence, the pop culture of his youth and the natural forms found within the grain of his woodblocks.
Driver operates in the tradition of the Fool and Mischief-Maker, seeking the transformative in the apparently futile and trite. There is a sense of gift and generosity in the work; that he is journeying and working for others, for ‘us’.
Even when the text is a surreptitious punch on the nose, it is delivered with love. The work comes from a love of wild places and of humanity coupled with a tendency to dissent; both vestiges of a lost faith. His commitment to reaching non-exclusive audiences might find him in the street, handing out free woodcut prints to passers-by, or seeking public venues for his projects, such as K6 Gallery in two decommissioned phoneboxes.
As a curator, Driver achieves his objectives by making opportunities for others, particularly for young and emerging artists.
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