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Peter Cochrane

Richmond

Artist Statement

The Wild Beasts springs from my desire to thank my ever-expanding queer chosen family and mentors for their strength. Working through the often violent and othering aspects of the lens and photographic histories I create floral portraits responding to each person’s being and our relationship. Using the 19th century, 8x10 large format view camera—the same used by colonialists and ethnographers to “capture” the divinity of Nature—I erect each as a traditional still life studio setup at the threshold between the natural world and that constructed by humans. These environments speak both to the character of each friend and also to the use of Nature against queer people in most legal systems across the planet. We are deemed unnatural and made criminals through inequitable semantics. The 8x10 negative becomes a portrait, a darkroom contact print that is gifted to each of The Wild Beasts, an intimate artifact of my gratitude. At these borders I lash at the histories of oppression, remaking these lineages and tools into spaces for empathy, tenderness, and love.

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Peter Cochrane's Portfolio

Peter Cochrane, For Aaron, Archival Pigment Print, 40
Peter Cochrane, For Aaron, Archival Pigment Print, 40
Peter Cochrane, For Catherine, Archival Pigment Print, 40
Peter Cochrane, For Catherine, Archival Pigment Print, 40
Peter Cochrane, For Jess, Archival Pigment Print, 40
Peter Cochrane, For Michael, Archival Pigment Print, 40
Peter Cochrane, For Michael, Archival Pigment Print, 40
Peter Cochrane, For Taylor, Archival Pigment Print, 40
Peter Cochrane, For Théo, Archival Pigment Print, 40
Peter Cochrane, For Théo, Archival Pigment Print, 40

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Artist Biography

Peter Cochrane is an artist and an author exploring queer politics, autobiographical and ancestral trauma and recovery, and the fabrication of histories through self-portraiture, abstraction, floral arrangements, and installation. If heritage is given to each person and manufactured for each thing, the intersection of the two is where he creates new stories through radical empathy and soft interconnectivity. The intersection of cosmic time and the human scale helps him to navigate the direction of his voice.

His work has appeared in BOMB, Headmaster, The San Francisco Chronicle, make/shift, SFAQ/NYAQ/AQ, Artslant, the de Young Museum, the Vermont Center for Photography, the Tokyo International Photo Awards, and others. He has created books that have traveled to the Vancouver Art/Book Fair, the Los Angeles Art Book Fair, the San Francisco Art Book Fair, and the Room&Book Fair at the ICA in London. He has held solo exhibitions in San Francisco, California and Richmond, Virginia. His work is in the permanent collections of [sentanyl] and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. He is currently a lecturer in the Photography and Film department at Virginia Commonwealth University.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2019 [Upcoming] The Wild Beasts, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
2019 The Wild Beasts, The Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA
2018 Memento Vivere, Richmond, VA
2017 A Continuum, The Great Highway Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2015 Osiris, Incline Gallery, San Francisco, CA

EXHIBITIONS (Selection)
2019 Medusa, permanent installation, Andytown (downtown), San Francisco, CA
2019 The Shape of Things, University of the Arts, Helsinki, Finland
2019 The Shape of Things, The Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA
2019 Minotaur, [Sentanyl], Walnut Creek, CA
2019 Beware of Dog, FAB Gallery, Richmond, VA
2018 Tokyo International Foto Awards (TIFA), Tokyo, Japan
2018 From Blood to Lust, Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, VT
2018 I Would Prefer Not To, FAB GAllery, Richmond, VA
2017 SAD, FAB Gallery, Richmond, VA
2015 The Exposure Award, Louvre Museum, Paris, France
2013 The Unknown, 1314, San Francisco, CA
2012 The Male Gaze, Cesar Chavez Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012 About the Twenty-Somethings, “Matter!” de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
2012 Headmaster magazine, issue three, contributing artist
2012 About the Twenty-Somethings, “Scholarship Award Show,” SFSU, CA
2011 Neo-Mormonism, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
2011 Objectification, “Stillwell Exhibition,” SFSU Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011 “Please Show I.D.,” Martin Wong Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010 “Stillwell Exhibition,” SFSU Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco, CA

AWARDS / SCHOLARSHIPS
2019 The Snider Prize, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Honorable Mention
2019 Honors Society Inductee
2019 Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society Inductee
2018-2019 Full Scholarship - Graduate Teaching Assistantship | VCUArts
2018 Tokyo International Foto Awards (TIFA), Winner
2017-2018 Full Scholarship - Graduate Teaching Assistantship | VCUArts
2016 ArtSlant Showcase Winner
2015 The Exposure Award - Portraiture
2011 The Sher-Right Fund Scholarship, San Francisco State University
2011 Best Multi-Media Artist, “Stillwell Exhibition,” SFSU Fine Arts Gallery
2011 Best Photographer, “Stillwell Exhibition,” SFSU Fine Arts Gallery

PUBLICATIONS (Selection)
2019 Commonwealth Times, “VCUArts Celebrates 90th Anniversary,” Walter Anyanwu, May
2019 SPELGBTQ Instagram takeover, January
2018 Hyperallergic, “Emerging Artists Define Their Path” / Memento Vivere, October
2018 Artslant, “Under the Radar: Peter Cochrane,” September
2017 SFist, "20 Questions with SFist: Artist Peter Cochrane," Eve Batey, January
2016 See Me, "Peter Cochrane," November 16
2016 Artslant, "Steve Kahn's Photo-constructions,” Steve Kahn, Casemore Kirkeby
2016 Artslant, "Looking at, and Through, Photography," Ivan Iannoli at Bass & Reiner
2015 Art Business, "Osiris at Incline Gallery," October
2015 The Exposure Award, July
2015 San Francisco Chronicle, published photograph, March
2015 SFAQ, “Carrie Mae Weems: Subject & Witness,” Gallery Paula Anglim, April
2015 “LUMEN,” Cinque Mostre: Time & Again, published by The American Academy in Rome
2014 SFAQ, “Interview: Takeshi Murata and Digital Art,” May
2014 SFAQ, “Regarding the Ethics of Abstraction,” March.
2014 Darin Klein’s Box of Books, Vol. VII, “on death and,” January
2013 “Nature/Knowledge: Catherine Wagner,” San Jose Public Library, May
2013 Bomb Magazine, “The End of San Francisco?” April
2013 Holloway Magazine (Founder and Director)
2012 make/shift, feminisms in motion magazine, contributing artist
2012 Headmaster magazine, issue three, contributing artist
2011 Roll Call, SF Camerawork

EXPERIENCE / RESIDENCIES
2019 VCUArts | Professor, Queer Imagery (self-constructed course)
2018 VCUArts | Professor, Studio Lighting
2018 Co-founder | Queer Arts Organization, VCUArts
2018 VCUArts | Guest Lecturer, Senior Thesis II
2018 Institute of Contemporary Arts, Richmond, VA | Panelist, Discussion with Cassils
2018 Institute of Contemporary Arts, Richmond, VA | Engagement Committee Member
2018 VCUArts | President, Graduate Artist Association
2018 Catherine Wagner Studio | Writer / Editor for monograph Place, History, and the Archive
2017-18 Catherine Wagner Studio | Writer / Editor
2017-2018 VCUArts| Graduate Teacher's Assistant
2017 TEDxSoMa, artist-in-residence installation, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA, June
2015-2017 Commercial Photographer / Freelance Floral Designer / Editor / Writer / Artist
2014-2016 SFAQ / NYAQ / AQ | Managing Editor, Print and Online
2012-2014 Catherine Wagner Studio | Studio Manager, Artistic Assistant, Author
2012-2014 Holloway Magazine | Founder, Editor, Communications Manager, Designer
2011 Mills College Department of Art | Guest Lecturer
2011 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art | Exhibitions Archivist
2010 SF Camerawork | Archivist

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago
[sentanyl]

EDUCATION
MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
BA Art / Art History, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

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