Elements of Architecture
Typically elements of architecture are characterized as walls, floors, stairs or windows all of which are combined to form architecture. The paintings shown now are focused on the theme of elements in architecture, but in a more abstract and less defined way. Some elements form an organizational hierarchy, others are general or specific. Elements can complement or oppose each other or are permanent or change over time. The elements in the paintings explore:
Horizontality / Verticality
Walls / Light
Enclosures / Voids
Open / Closed
Joints / Seams
Axis / Rotation
Overlay / Shift
Wall as room / Vault
Layers / Transitions
Chassis / Framework / Component
Ground Connection / Space Between
The work is a continual study of the horizontal and the vertical, of exterior and interior space and, of the land and the sky. Layers, transitions, offsets and shifts define horizontal and vertical space and further represent the exploration of the duality of architecture being both abstract and integrated with the natural environment. The paintings are a means to this exploration of shapes as definers of space. The shapes represent space shown in plan, section or elevation and may be read as a plan or a section or an elevation of a structure in its environment.
The paintings are acrylic on canvas or mixed media on paper.
Peter Alberice is a practicing architect and artist living in Asheville, North Carolina. He has both bachelor and master degrees in architecture from the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech. His work has been exhibited in group shows and galleries in the region and has been purchased by individual and corporate collectors.