Peter Max Lawrence

Queer in Kansas
High 8, super 8, digital video
17:51 minutes

Artists' Television Access

Artists' Television Access
992 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
June 8, 2010

Video Program:

Elliot Anderson, Unsanitized
Sarolta Jane Cump, California is an Island
Bill Domonkos, Poppy
Bug Davidson, Screen Tests
Dino Dinco, El Abuelo
Mitch Gould, This Beginning of Me
Bill Hsu, Glories, performance trailer
Charissa King-O'brien, Riva and Allison
Peter Max Lawrence, Queer in Kansas
B. Steady and the Lost Bois, Reading Rainbow
ZA Martonhardjono, Five Haikus for the New York City Subway
Jules Shendelman, Bathhouse Poetics

Work in Exhibition:

Queer in Kansas
High 8, super 8, digital video
17:51 minutes
(Video screening at ATA and on video loop at SOMArts)

Peter Max Lawrence is an American interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker. Over the course of his career, he has created a large and diverse body of work, exploring a wide variety of approaches, media and techniques. Among his recent films of note are 'Warholics' and the experimental short 'de Young’ that was featured on KQED's Truly California. His visual art has been exhibited at de Young Museum, Legion of Honor, African American Arts & Culture Center, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Leedy Voulkos Art Center and Kansas City Kansas Public Library.  Information on his projects is available at
"A cynic is a person searching for an honest man, with a stolen lantern."
- Edgar A. Shoaff

raison d'être

I believe that art is everywhere and everything; all the time. I draw no line(s) to divide 'work' or 'experience' into separate categories. I believe in both malleable and concrete contradictions. I believe that the ultimate power and escape is the individual imagination. I believe there are both benefits and consequences for all actions. I do not believe in talking about art, I think we should talk around it.

and / or

1] I work therefore I am.
2] My work and I are one in the same.
3] Don't cry over spilled work.

and / or

Statement of Sincere Intentions

- to gain perspective on my own actions.
- to involve others (which directly and indirectly will help build and possibly end relationships).
- to search for 'love' as well as give it to strangers.
- to play.
- to educate myself and others.
- to frighten and confuse.
- to find humor in the pain and meaning of it all.
- to acknowledge the complicated world that we are all attempting to maneuver through.
- to placate my own ego and self imposed expectations.
- to circumvent the writing of 'statements.'
- to self mythologize.
- to get closer with the various deities of ancient and contemporary existence.
- to find sex(enlightenment), comfort and money.

and / or

I work in a multiplicity of media, including but not limited to oil, acrylics, water colors, finger paints, dyes, pastels, charcoal, pen, colored pencils, etchings, engravings, film, lithographs, web, ceramics, sculpture, collage, video, xerox, assemblage, performance, installation and audio/music recordings. These mediums are simply tools to help facilitate the primary work which as stated, is simply 'my life.'

-- Peter Max Lawrence