Born in New Zealand, lives and works in New York.
Peter Dobill is a Brooklyn, NY based artist. He received his BFA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2004 in addition to receiving the 2008-2009 prestigious Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art Grant. Dobill is undoubtedly one of the most important performance artists today in New York. His works are simple yet overwhelming through a visual language blending visual poetry and thought-provoking yet subtile metaphoric iconology.
Dobill also co-founded and curates the annual Maximum Perception Performance Festival in Brooklyn, NY. He has performed and exhibited exensively in New York as well as in Beijing, China. Peter Dobill is quite conscious about his own use of performance art as a media :
My work focuses on the body in actions. In these actions, mental and physical planes of existence are created, establishing autonomy within the limits of my endurance, physical movement, and structure. With my body, I alter and construct my vessel of experience, intrinsically connecting and emptying myself to a singular moment and time. During these moments I can then seek to communicate, focusing on the energy exchanged between the viewer and myself. My practice is two-fold; live public actions performed for an audience and private actions performed for the camera. Both practices operate in complimentary forces, with actions relating in physical, aesthetic, and conceptual intensity.It is through my practice of actions that I look to establish a new direction for performance practice, one that provides a maximum perception of the senses through the complete conception of live and video elements.