Announcing Pyramid Selling by Mick Peter 17 January – 13 March 2016


For Pyramid Selling Mick Peter transports us into a cartoon-like illustration realised on a monumental scale and the gallery becomes the site of activities associated with manual labour and with the retail industry.  Peter’s life-size cartoon sketches come alive and populate the environment, whilst sculptures of oversized zips pose as items for sale. Pyramid Selling is Peter’s most ambitious installation to date, and was conceived for the cavernous space of Tramway in Glasgow.  Its new iteration for Drawing Room is a condensed and intensive version which immerses visitors who unwittingly become active participants in this animated environment.

View exhibition essay here

Installtion images here and here

Mick Peter (b. Berlin) lives and works in Glasgow. He transforms imagery derived from fiction, illustration and graphic design into playful installations. His sculptures resemble quick hand drawn sketches which seem to have been cut from the flatness of the paper and dragged into three-dimensional space. He studied at Ruskin School of Fine Art, Oxford, 1994-97 and Glasgow School of Art, 1998-2000. Selected solo exhibitions include: Pyramid Selling, Tramway, Glasgow, (2015); Galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris (2014); Popcorn Plaza, part of Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland, Jupiter Artland (2014); Almost Cut My Hair, part of Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland, Tramway Hidden Gardens, (2014); Trademark Horizon, SWG, Glasgow (2013); Lying and Liars, Collective, Edinburgh (2012); Tao Foam, Grimm, Amsterdam (2011); Two Nots, Galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris (2011); The Nose: Epilogue, Cell Projects, London (2010); and The Nose, La Salle de bains, Lyon (2010). Selected group exhibitions include: British British Polish Polish: Art from Europe's Edges in the Long '90s and Today, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (2013); De belles sculptures contemporaines, Hab Galerie, Nantes (2013); The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things, Nottingham Contemporary (2013); Entrance, Entrance, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin (2012); Who Decides?, Stadtgalerie Mannheim (2012); Le Vent des forêts, France (2011); Art in the City, Art Brussels (2011); The British Art Show 7: In The Days of The Comet, The Hayward Gallery, London (2011); Keep Floors and Passages Clear, White Columns, New York (2011); Alptraum, Cell Projects, London (2011); Transformer, Washington DC, Projectraum Deutscher Kunstlerbund, Berlin (2011), and The Company, Los Angeles and Blank Projects, Cape Town (2011). Peter has work in many collections, including: Arts Council England, FRAC Pays de la Loire, CAPC Bordeaux, Domaine Départemental de Chamarande, Artothèque de Caen, FRAC Basse-Normandie, Vent des Forêts, Espace rural d’art contemporain. He is represented by Galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris, and Grimm, Amsterdam.

Pyramid Selling was  originally commissioned for Tramway, Glasgow 2015, and the production was funded by  The Henry Moore Foundation, Creative Scotland, and Glasgow Arts.

Mick PeterPyramid Selling (detail), Tramway, Glasgow, 2015