Hurry up and wait

Drew Peterson | December 2017


For this exhibition, Peterson has stripped down his approach to screen printing—relying solely on techniques generated directly by hand rather than the technologically aided processes most utilized in contemporary printing practices. Peterson explores a hybridized process of watercolor painting and screen printing at a scale that normally exceeds the technical capacity of print based work. The title Hurry Up and Wait encapsulates the artists’ surrender to both time and process, and serves to illustrate the frenetic formal qualities of the exhibition.

By detaching from a reliance on technological short cuts, the work becomes more laborious, time consuming, and thoughtful. Methods of layer accumulation, transparent uses of color, and expressive mark making generate at a pace that allows the artist to draw distinct references to the personal and social influences that drive the work. Specifically, in a series of seven human sized prints, Peterson draws upon the surfacing of mental health issues and societal conditions that influence and impede upon the lives of loved ones and community alike. The density and complexity of Peterson’s abstract works offer very little respite, but function rather as amalgamations of the onslaught of demands we face in our day to day life.



Drew Peterson is an artist, printer, and educator based in Minneapolis, MN. He received a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013, BFA from the University of Minnesota in 2009 and attended the Yale/Norfolk summer school for art in 2008. His work utilizes various printmaking traditions in conjunction with drawing and painting.

Peterson’s work has been exhibited in two solo exhibitions at the Burnet Gallery in Minneapolis, Sabina Lee Gallery in Los Angeles, Twist Gallery in Nashville, TN, and in group exhibitions at Fernwey Gallery in Chicago, and at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis MN. He was the 2009 Emerging Artist in Residence at The Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass, CO, a recipient of a Community Supported Art grant and Minnesota State Arts Board Artists Initiative Grant in 2011, and a Jerome Fellowship at Highpoint Center for Printmaking in 2014-15. In 2017, Peterson was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Learning grant for a forthcoming mural projects with Greta McLain and Sheridan Elementary in Minneapolis, MN.

Peterson has been involved with various arts organizations in the Twin Cities including Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Juxtaposition Arts, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and The XYandZ Gallery, and is adjunct faculty in the University of Minnesota’s printmaking department.


At the core of this exhibition is a sentiment that Drew Peterson feels he shares with many of his generation, the mentality to do more with less, to embrace complexity, and the understanding that the labor that constitutes our path contains value and meaning.




Photo Credits: Zoe Prinds-Flash