Don't Adjust Your Mindset

After an amazing response in London, Pete's latest exhibition Don't Adjust Your Mindset is now open at Sheffield's Millennium Gallery. Running from 13th - 22nd of May, the show is free to attend!

Due to the popularity of the exhibition we now have to ask visitors who wish to visit during the weekend to PLEASE BOOK IN ADVANCE. By booking you will have plenty of time to see the exhibition in full and will be guaranteed entry. Tickets are free and under 16s do not require to book.

However, if you would like to visit between Monday 16th - Friday 20th of May you DO NOT NEED TO BOOK.

If you have any questions please email us at pete@petemckee.com

LINKS TO RESERVE TICKETS FOR WEEKEND SLOTS THIS SAT 21st and SUN 22nd MAY

Saturday

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/341757113727

Sunday

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/341759621227

Don't Adjust Your Mindset

13th May - 22nd May 2022
Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm
Millennium Gallery
48 Arundel Gate
Sheffield
S1 2PP
Free Entry - Booking now required for last two days - Sat 21st/Sun 22nd May

It's been four years since Pete last exhibited in Sheffield with his 2018 group show THIS CLASS WORKS and 6 years since his last solo exhibition. After all this time Pete is so excited to share this new work with you.

DAYM represents the greatest seismic shift in Pete's long and distinguished career. The show consists of paintings, sculptures, photographs and prints that predominantly explore modern British life and how we communicate today. This an opportunity you don't want to miss!

Our lovely exhibition shop will be open for the duration of the exhibition, offering products exclusive to this event! Available will be t-shirts, totes, mugs, exhibition posters and the Don't Adjust Your Mindset exhibition book, plus much more.

“During the pandemic everyone’s life was completely turned upside-down with most of us increasing the time they spent online, especially on social media. I turned to my phone for companionship and used it as a window to the outside world. When scrolling its screen over the following months, I saw a mixture of anger, injustice, LOLs, contrary opinions, misinformation and a plethora of community-spirited endeavours to lift the mood of the nation. It was like someone had found society’s volume button and turned it up to 11."

"I decided to start organising and making sense of what I saw by creating art which examined the world that surrounds us, much of which we view through a device.”

Digital dependence, climate change, internet fame and police brutality are just some of the themes that reflect the information he was bombarded with when scrolling through social media.

(Above) from the Pictodrama Series 'The Face With One Tear'

Part of a series, this photograph explores how much we rely on emojis to communicate how we feel. This reliance points to how much time we spend online, on social media and on our phones. We are so accustomed to using emojis to comment on a variety of things, including sad and upsetting issues. Pete wanted to see what this would look like if it was represented literally.

'Wish You Were Here' (above)

‘Wish You Were Here’ comments on climate change and the Earth’s increasing fragility. The painting references postcard culture, where messages are written on the card’s image. The juxtaposition of the cheery message coupled with the devastation at the bottom of the cliff, creates tension within the work. This tension is a metaphor for how many of us feel about climate change. Even though we worry about it and to varying degrees, do what we can to combat it, we often feel powerless.

'Gilded Lily' (above)

Throughout his career, Pete has often painted his version of the archetypal grandmother, “the matriarch of the house”, describing her as a symbol of empathy. For him this character has always offered a “great warmth”, providing comfort and evoking loving memories. 'Gilded Lily' playfully subverts this familiar character by imagining how older people might look in the future, based on today’s styles and forms of expression.

Here a millennial or someone from the Generation Z era, gazes directly at the viewer, holding up their arm to proudly display their body art, their ears stretched by the plugs they once wore. The matriarchs Pete regularly paints are the ones he remembers growing up; the woman in 'Gilded Lily' allows us a glimpse into the future.