Naturally Industrial by Kristopher J. Petrenko

Curator’s Statement

Kristopher J. Petrenko makes rich toned works that have the allure and feel of vintage antiques and old photographs.  He does this by staining old wood and applying the medium of photography into this luscious surface.

Now to move past the visually stunning images he makes, we can discover where it really gets interesting!  The fact that the wood comes from the sites he photographed adds a fetish value to the piece itself.  The idea of using the technical medium of photography in conjunction with old school craft wood staining and finishing adds an edge to these works that makes them interesting as hell!  His images of grimy Cleveland done on a grimy surface tie all this together with layers of meaning and intrigue!.. WOW!

 

Artist Statement

Kristopher Petrenko (Cleveland Institute of Art ’03, Cleveland, Ohio) creates works that utilize a variety of subject matters, which include still life, cityscapes, nature and industrial photography taken from Cleveland and its surrounding areas.  All images are tied into an idea of transforming repurposed materials (in his case wood), and all images are transferred by the artist to found wood from the location that the photo was taken.  Petrenko takes these materials that are cast off/unused and then paints over them using with different layers of natural colored stain. Working this way converts the natural to industrial and vice versa, while paying respect to the industrial rust-belt where he was born.  Petrenko’s work has been added to a variety of private collections as well as being displayed in galleries/shows.

Kristopher J. Petrenko

216-849-2288

http://www.GetWineboxes.com

Broke Down on Carnegie

Broke Down on Carnegie

photo on wood with stain

16 ½” x 30 ½”

$400.

Cleveland Stained

Cleveland Stained

photo on wood with stain

21” x 32”

$700.

Cleveland Warehouse

Cleveland Warehouse

photo on wood with stain

10” x 8”

$55.

Inside the Swear Jar

Inside the Swear Jar

photo on wood with stain

10” x 8”

$55.

Morning 90

Morning 90

photo on wood with stain

 7” x 11”

$50.

Smelting Pot

Smelting Pot

photo on wood with stain

13” x 16” (with frame)

$65.

Split

Split

photo on wood with stain

13” x 16” (with frame)

$70.

The Skull in the Room

The Skull in the Room

photo on wood with stain

21 ½” x 14 ½”

$300.

Theater Leftover

Theater Leftover

photo on wood with stain

16 ½” x 30 ½”

$400.

Where Steel Went to Drink

Where Steel Went to Drink

photo on wood with stain

20” x 16”

$300.

Wine Barrel Grit

Wine Barrel Grit

photo on wood with stain

10” x 8”

$65.

Wood on Wood

Wood on Wood

photo on wood with stain

13” x 16” (with frame)

$ 65.

Wooden Bridge

Wooden Bridge

photo on wood with stain

21 ½” x 16”

$300.

Wooden Floral

Wooden Floral

photo on wood with stain

16” x 19”

$300.

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