Peter Jodaitis : The Color of Water If There Were No Sky
March 28–April 21, 2019
Reception: Friday April 5, 5-7:30pm
A limited edition of booklets accompanying this exhibit
will be made available at the reception.
Gallery Guide / Price List
Peter V. Jodaitis was born on May 26, 1936, in Gardner, Massachusetts, where his extended family lived in a combined home and grocery/butcher shop. He studied economics at Bates College in Maine and then at the University of Connecticut, but by 1970 he had become a full-time artist. In 1982, he moved to California and to Chico in 1993, where he painted, sculpted, and exhibited. He worked every day wherever he found himself, often on series inspired by his political beliefs, favorite books, and passion for the human form. After a large retrospective at 1078 and a celebration of his 80th birthday in spring 2016, he died on January 5, 2017.
“Imagine the color of water if there were no sky” is a quotation from one of Jodaitis’ many sketchbooks that intrigued co-curators Mariam Pakbaz and Rebecca Wallace. The richness of its implications made it their pick for the title of the exhibit and the accompanying booklet—and focused their choices from his huge collection of paintings, sculptures, and sketchbook pages. So fluid and far reaching was Jodaitis’ personal style, Pakbaz and Wallace intuited why he might have pondered water’s mutability.
1078 Gallery is honored to show another selection of works by Peter Jodaitis, one of our personal favorites—as volunteer, donor, artist, and friend.