The Path of Storm and Flood | The Mission


Makenzi Fricker, THE MISSION

(312) 243-1200


CHICAGO, IL, 8/26/15-- THE MISSION is please to present The Path of Storm and Flood, a site-specificinstallation by Peter Skvara that advocates for a metaphysical interpretation of archaeology.  An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 11 from 6 to 8pm. The show continues through Saturday, October 24, 2015.


Our linear conceptions of time are a lie. Peter Skvara’s site specific installation, The Path of Storm and Flood,  challenges the myth of an objective archaeological record which is established by excavating layers of soil known as “strata” and carbon dating exhumed objects. It is by these methods that a historical record of material culture, and therefore of culture in general, is created.  Skvara posits that soil stratigraphy is an unreliable narrator, unintentionally misleading its human audience as to the history of the Earth, as it is affected by climate, geology, and human intervention. These factors alter the global distribution of soil depth and disrupt the archaeologist’s neutral measurement of passing time. 


Skvara’s large-scale, multi-wall painting, Timeline (Survey), 2015, mixed media on canvas, is a passive map of the past we have constructed for ourselves, a guidebook of objects located arbitrarily in time and space, articulated with an abstracted composition of unfamiliar objects and familiar textures expressed in paint and collaged photographs.  Timeline (Survey) initiates a dialogue with its companion piece, Feature/Slope, 2015, mixed media on wood,  a sculpture that evokes an active archaeological site still in the process of being mined for information and objects. Presenting a subjective interpretation of history, Feature/Slope alludes to our active role as participants in Earth’s history. The activity evoked by Feature/Slope is in tension with the lack thereof in Timeline (Survey), establishing a relationship of giving and receiving analogous to soil life cycles. Ultimately,  Skvara asserts the falsehood of a history constructed upon assumptions and educated guesses made out of an attempt to rationalize, define, and measure reality.  

PETER SKVARA (American, b. 1985) lives and works in Chicago, IL. He received a BFA from Columbia College Chicago in 2009. Recent exhibitions include Flaneur, Black Tan Exotic, New York, NY; Seven Borders, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY; Resource, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL; Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; Wow-Hause, Johalla Projects, Chicago, IL; and BUNK at The Happy Collaborationists Exhibition Space, Chicago, IL.  He will present a solo project, Timelines, at The Mission, Chicago, IL, in September 2015.  He is included in numerous private and public collections. This is his second solo exhibition with gallery.