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About Don Peterson

On July 13th 2007 Rush Creek Gallery in association with the Don Peterson Trust presented "The Box Visits America" Photographs by Don Peterson. This is the first show of Don Peterson's work since his death in 1982.

Don, primarily a West Coast editorial photographer, worked continually throughout his career on a parallel track as a conceptual artist and proponent of photographic and mixed mediums. His early work, documenting Christmas in America (he looked like an abstract Santa) started in the sixties and from there he went on to create a large body of work that was a comment on photography itself. His images from "photodays" across the country and his essays on photography and pornography are emboldened with a critical eye towards the taboos in popular culture. Don's work in the Seventies with lasers and the nude was breakthrough. Soon after he explored the concept of creating an image and re-photographing it in "Picture in a Picture" and work goes on and on.

This show "The Box Visits America" documents his travels to "Kodak Moments" around the country. He is dressed in a huge Kodak Box of Tri-X, Black and White Film. The box is in black and white not the usual Kodak yellow. The Photographs are self-portraits in color and are revealing and hilarious, his take once again on photography's role in pop culture. Don's friends and peers were Robert Heineken, Ed Rusha, Larry Rivers, Duane Michaels, Jean Pagiluso, Leslie Krims, Ron Mesaros, Neon Parks, Eric Burden and Marty Gunsaullus just name a few.

Box Set Gallery and the Don Peterson Trust will produce Don's work for exhibit, publication and sale. All profits will fund the "Don Peterson Prize" awarded each year to an emerging artist of merit. Please contact Steve Zeifman at the Box Set Gallery for Details.