Peter Erik Lopez
Like much of the world today, representation has become a predominant concern in America; The Black community has sought representation since the country's inception, transgendered and gay people seek the same, women are calling for a new level of representation, and the white middle and lower classes have elected an unfit president in their desperation for it; the attention economy that engines social media is the every-man, woman, and child screaming for it.
My project of collected portraits is a collective of representation that I hope speaks more about people, about the people presented, than it does about me as an artist. I imagine the gallery walls would be a space for each subject to have their requisite level of representational space but also, seen together, would become a space to imagine something greater. Something we may have forgotten.