PETER WHITTENBERGER
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ARTIST STATEMENT
I’m interested in making art about everything and nothing, at the same time. My intention is to create an authentic acceptance of our insignificance in relationship to the greater human narrative and the unknown history of our Universe. I want to explore the multiplicity of micro/macro relationships that exist in the Universe. Embracing the overwhelming inability to understand the ceaselessness of time, space, and material, in relation to self, can possibly lead to a path of true freedom in our short lives. The intention of the work is not to disparage the self worth of viewers, or anything else for that matter, but to present an interconnected relationship to all things by letting go of traditional self-importance.

Instead of creating works of yearning for a possibility or other, my intention is to create a reflective state of acceptance in the present. Through embracing our true nature and its peripheral influence on all of time, it is possible to accentuate parallels in all of human existence and in our contemporary communities. I question the notion of a single or universal path, but I believe significant similarities can be discovered in our shared, global context.

I explore my ideas using a variety of digital media: video, net art, animation, gaming software, or other media as dictated by the intentions or potential of each artwork. Digital media’s flexible formats and ease of accessibility to the viewer lend well to the exploration of the my ideas. Contemporary familiarity of technology allows for the creation of an artistic context that is reflective, and sometimes interactive or participatory, in its communication. The link between all my work is a desire to discover genuine connections with other inhabitants of our shared world - both physical and virtual.

BIOGRAPHY
Peter Whittenberger is an interdisciplinary media artist and educator whose work explores contemporary definitions of “self” in relationship to the greater human narrative. Whittenberger was born in St. Louis, MO, but grew up in Billings, MT. After receiving a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Montana, Whittenberger moved to Salem, OR before making his home in Reno, NV. Holding an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from the University of Nevada, Reno, Whittenberger has shown his work in a variety of exhibitions, screenings, and festivals across North America, Africa, Asia, South America, and Europe. Whittenberger is currently an Adjunct Professor at Truckee Meadows Community College and a Teaching Artist through the Sierra Arts Foundation.