SAMSTAG ALUMNI 1999

Peter Alwast
Born 1975, Warsaw, Poland

Peter Alwast puts geometric abstraction back into the painting argument, but is motivated instead by more hybridizing, postmodern ideals. The youngest of the '99 Samstag group, Alwast approaches '80's New York minimalism with Pop Art in mind, entitling his works Monster and Return of the Living Dead. Bloated, bumby, but reduced to simple form, Alwast stuffs his flashy acrylic surfaces with enough silicone to turn a law suit.

While Alwast doesn't speak of cosmetic surgery, he does seem obsessed with the grotesque, which appears to be a preoccupation of an age bred on cyborgs, genetic cloning, and spoonfed weekly TV installments of the paranormal.

M.A. Greensteinfrom her Samstag catalogue essay, Back to the Future – From Wry to Rave
 
1999 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship
1999 MFA, Parsons School of Design, New York, USA 
1997 Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane 

Artist's website 
http://www.peteralwast.com