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Peter Bill is an Artist, Activist and Educator. He has, since learning photoshop v. 1.5, been interested in connecting under-represented communities with digital tools so their voices may be broadcast. He has been involved with large scale video projections, guerrilla art actions, and community building since the 90s.

Peter Bill's award winning paint and video landscapes have shown in such diverse venues as The Kitchen(NYC), the Henry Art Gallery(Seattle), FILE Festival(São Paulo, Brazil), and other international venues. He continues in his Oil paintings and video work to weave the painterly with the digital, pixels and paint, indigo and 191970 blue. He envisioned and realized the first time-lapse film festival in North America, the Gila Timelapse Film Festival and has curated and directed shows on three continents. "Art must be realized on the streets, as an agent of change and progress."
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Much of my art has been about creating a vessel, a space for meditation. Through my painting and video installations I hope to create a moment of quietude, a contemplation of this world we have built.

In my mural and documentary film work I have balanced a certain transcendentalism in my heart with my didactic scots-yankee bones. In the public sphere arts role is to inspire and provoke. Therefore in my mural projects I have attempted to involve the local community in the conception and realization of my projects. In my animations and short films I have attempted critiques of the bathetic apocalyptic culture we live in, the false utopia of the California landscape, the contested landscape of New Mexico, and tried to get to the situation on the ground in war torn Bosnia, among other subjects. The world is a complicated, granular place. We cannot oversimplify with our stories, but we can in their telling change opinions, and thus change the world for the better.

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A pinceladas, pintor estadounidense retrata la frontera… desde Juárez

Jesús Salas
El Diario | Sábado 28 Febrero 2015 | 23:03 hrs

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Carlos Sánchez/El Diario | El artista en acción

Vigilado por agentes de la “migra” a través de sus binoculares para ver si no lleva consigo algún arma, Peter Bill permanece sentado en el lado mexicano de la frontera entre Ciudad Juárez y El Paso.

Peter, nacido en Connecticut, pasó ayer al menos cuatro horas frente a los oficiales mientras en un pequeño trozo de madera pintaba el paisaje que le ofrecía el Río Grande, el muro fronterizo, las cámaras infrarrojas y las familias que cruzaban cerca del “Puente Negro”.

El artista de 44 años se dedica a pintar paisajes de diversas partes del mundo, tratando de plasmar las sensaciones y el sentimiento que le provocan estar en el lugar.

“Prefiero estar sentado mirando lo que voy a pintar para poder entender mejor lo que está pasando, entender el espacio y sus alrededores, prefiero eso a pintar desde una fotografía”, dijo.

Bill siempre lleva puesto un sombrero y tiene una barba pintada de colores, pues al momento de tomar los pinceles suele agarrarse la barba para pensar un poco y seguir pintando.

En la actualidad se desempeña como profesor en la Western New Mexico University, en Silver City, y pinta desde los 7 años.

Ha estado en Sarajevo —la capital de Bosnia— Nueva York y otras parte máss del mundo, plasmando sus obras de arte que después conserva, las expone o las vende.

Al cuestionarlo sobre lo que conoce de Juárez, dice que casi nada, pero los momentos que ha permanecido en la ciudad lo han enamorado.

“Algo tiene Juárez que me tiene aquí, es una sensación increíble la que se tiene en este lugar, desde que lo conocí me sentí muy bien”, expresa.

A Peter le impresiona la facilidad con la que los fronterizos se le acercan, a pesar de tener pinta de extranjero, la gente entabla conversaciones con él como sea que se pueda.

“Vienen y me dicen que les gusta mucho la pintura, que les gustaría que más personas hicieran esto para dar otra imagen de Juárez”, comenta.

Bill escogió para inspirarse un lugar cercano al “Puente Negro”, en donde años atrás un agente de la Patrulla Fronteriza asesinó a tiros a un adolescente que supuestamente lanzaba piedras.

“Esto es lo que representa Estados Unidos, un gran muro, violencia, tecnología, todo ese dinero puede ser usado de una manera diferente”, dice.

El artista hizo un comentario del cual él mismo se sorprendió: “cuando el presidente Reagan fue a Berlín le dijo a Gorbachov que tirara el muro, ahora yo pienso, ¿qué pensará el presidente sobre este gran muro que hay aquí?”.

Peter señaló que regresará a esta frontera a finales de marzo para realizar más pinturas de paisajes, mientras, sus trabajos pueden encontrarse en sus sitios web www.peterbill.us o
en www.vimeo.com/peterbill.

jsalas@redaccion.diario.com.mx

And the google translate version, interesting how ones words appear, through a filter darkly! 

A brushstroke, American painter portrays the border … from Juarez
Jesús Salas
The Journal | Saturday 28 February 2015 | 23:03 hrs
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Carlos Sánchez / El Diario | The artist in action

Guarded by agents of the “migra” through his binoculars to see if he does not carry a weapon, Peter Bill remains seated on the Mexican side of the border between Ciudad Juarez and El Paso.

Peter, born in Connecticut, spent at least four hours yesterday in front of the officers while on a small piece of wood he painted the landscape offered by the Rio Grande, the border wall, the infrared cameras and the families that crossed near the “Black Bridge” “

The artist of 44 years is dedicated to painting landscapes from different parts of the world, trying to capture the feelings and feelings that cause him to be in the place.

“I prefer to be sitting looking at what I am going to paint in order to better understand what is happening, to understand the space and its surroundings, I prefer that to paint from a photograph,” he said.

Bill always wears a hat and has a beard painted in colors, because when he picks up his brushes he usually grabs his beard to think a little and continue painting.

Currently he is a professor at Western New Mexico University, in Silver City, and he has been painting since he was 7 years old.

He has been in Sarajevo – the capital of Bosnia – New York and other parts of the world, expressing his works of art that he then preserves, exhibits or sells.

When questioning him about what he knows about Juarez, he says that almost nothing, but the moments he has stayed in the city have fallen in love with him.

“Something has Juarez that has me here, it is an incredible feeling that you have in this place, since I met him I felt very good,” he says.

Peter is impressed by the ease with which the frontiers approach him, despite looking like a foreigner, people engage in conversations with him as much as possible.

“They come and tell me that they like painting a lot, that they would like more people to do this to give another image of Juarez,” she says.

Bill chose to inspire a place near the “Black Bridge”, where years ago a Border Patrol agent shot dead a teenager who allegedly threw stones.

“This is what the United States represents, a great wall, violence, technology, all that money can be used in a different way,” he says.

The artist made a comment of which he himself was surprised: “when President Reagan went to Berlin he told Gorbachev to throw the wall, now I think, what will the president think about this great wall that is here?”.

Peter said he will return to this border in late March for more landscape paintings, while his work can be found on his websites www.peterbill.us or www.vimeo.com/peterbill.

jsalas@redaccion.diario.com.mx