I believe in the animateness of the perceptual world and I attempt to make images that manifest that belief. I make animate objects. I try to make sensuous diagrams of growth and change at all scales, harnessing principles of botany& physics for image propagation. I aim to make a painting that revels in its concreteness, yet one that evokes the self-organizing habits of matter, life and thought itself. 

I have long used color symbolically as an indicator of difference, and held contrast in hue above all things. Recently, my study of Homer & Inness and evening panoramas (in walks with my dog) has me working toward a new palette— reaching for coloristic effects that may only belong to a representational subject. Sharp tonal changes simulate light effects which provoke figure /ground reversal—the shift between figure & ground, the observed & the observer.

I find the concept of broken symmetry a useful operative principle, folding the traditional icon of visual stasis into a compelling image of change. The axis of symmetry provides a keen edge—the point of transformation. Change happens at edge. Folded aluminum gives an interaction of form and surface while satisfying my need for material constraint. Concepts of construction and process initiate a work, or series of works. A rather slow, indirect process has been a way for me to quiet the gestural hand yet give forward motion to a piece tied to chance. 

Peter Bodnar III

A. Instablis 1

61”x61”x5” acrylic on steel $5,000 2011

White Duo

A=2 1/2” x 20 1/2” + B=21”x24 1/2” acrylic on aluminum, 2011 $1200

Rad. Asym. Orph 4

acrylic on zinc, 22 1/2x 22 1/2 x 6”, 2011 $1200


acrylic on steel 28”x24”x4 1/2” $950 2011

Fissure 2

acrylic on zinc / paper laminate, 18”x18”x4” $950 2011


26” x 24” x 3” acrylic on aluminum $950 2011

Discontinuous Motion/ hex twist 6

mixed media on aluminum,2,49"x42"x3", 2003

Phyllotaxsis Samsara: Indeterminate 1

acrylic on aluminum installation w/ wall painting 4,33"x33"x2" 2003 2900.00

bud, branch& scale #5

acrylic on aluminum size variable —2, 14”x27” ea. 2005 700.00

Hex Folds w/ shadows

acrylic on aluminum 68"x22"x4" 2003 950.00

Periodic Membrane Structure #3

acrylic and paper on aluminum 72"x72"x4" 2003 4500.00

Periodic Membrane Structure #2

acrylic on aluminum laminate 2, 31.5"x 31.5" 2003 1800.00