Dawit L. Petros

Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum

August 7 – October 9, 2011

Mahber Shaw'ate (Association of 7), Installation View
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (2011)

Mahber Shaw'ate (Association of 7), Installation View
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (2011)

Mahber Shaw'ate (Association of 7), Installation View
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (2011)

Single Cube Formation, No. 1, Santa Barbara (2011)
Chromogenic digital print
20h x 24w in (50.8h x 60.96w cm), Edition of 7 with 1 AP

Septuple Cube Formation, No. 1, Santa Barbara (2011)
Chromogenic digital print
20h x 24w in (50.8h x 60.96w cm), Edition of 7 with 1 AP

Single Cube Formation, No. 2, Santa Barbara (2011)
Chromogenic digital print
30h x 36w in (76.2h x 91.44w cm), Edition of 7 with 1 AP

Triple Cube Formation, No. 2, Santa Barbara (2011)
Chromogenic digital print
20h x 24w in (50.8h x 60.96w cm), Edition of 7 with 1 AP

Triple Cube Formation, No. 1, Santa Barbara (2011)
Chromogenic digital print
20h x 24w in (50.8h x 60.96w cm), Edition of 7 with 1 AP

Press Release

Mahber Shaw'ate (Association of 7)
Bloom Projects
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum
Santa Barbara, CA

Mahber Shaw’ate (Association of 7), are photographs of temporary sculptural installations that investigate permutational possibilities and the disjuncture between physical and abstract materiality. The works appropriate the framework of an east African alphabet script (Tigrinya, Dawit L.. Petros’ first language) and found cardboard boxes. Petros integrates performative strategies, sculpture, and installation with legacies of landscape imagery to create a series of photographic tableaus. Each photograph depicts a specific arrangement constructed in various locations around Santa Barbara, California. The temporary structures merge possibilities inherent to specific cultural references: an African alphabet (a parallel model for seriality) and western minimalist traditions. Petros’ photographs present a hybridized third form, which extracts liberally from both.