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Almine Rech Gallery Bruxelles: PETER PERI - LAST FAMILY
Project Room: Katja Strunz
- 18 Apr 2013 to 25 May 2013

Current Exhibition


18 Apr 2013 to 25 May 2013

Almine Rech Gallery, Bruxelles
20 Rue de l’Abbaye
B - 1050
Brussels
Belgium
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Peter Peri, 'Man with a Knife', 2013
Patinated Steel, 198 x 38 x 29,5 cm, 78 x 15 x 11 5/8 inches
Courtesy of the artist & Almine Rech Gallery
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Artists in this exhibition: PETER PERI, Katja Strunz


PETER PERI
LAST FAMILY

April 18 - May 25, 2013
Opening Thursday, April 18, 5-8 pm

Almine Rech gallery is pleased to present Peter Peri’s first exhibition in Brussels, ‘Last Family’, his second show at the gallery.

On this occasion, the artist will present a selection of recent drawings, paintings and sculptures. The works in various mediums will be shown throughout the three distinct gallery spaces exploring notions such as empathy, intuition and self-dissolution.

For Peri, these notions can be inherent in the experience of art: his artworks suggest, but never reduce themselves to, an externalised entity, an embodied intelligence that stands in confrontation with the viewer, even when the work is seemingly near-abstract. The nature of this confrontation is cued by various influences that feed into the work, among them the writings of the Russian science-fiction novelist Yvegeny Zamyatin, and a 19th-century illustration purporting to depict the last family on Earth: a cluster of huddled skeletons inhabiting a distant future when the sun has burned out and the Earth frozen over. This image is a phantasmal presence in Peri’s new 'Skeleton' paintings, wherein ghostly penumbra appear through the successive layers of the painted image, revealing the paintings’ process and personal histories, imbuing them with tentative life.

The references to modernism that have inhabited Peri’s earlier work here recur – the artist’s grandfather was a constructivist, and Peri’s art, with its dark undertow, regularly establishes a parallel between the shortfall of twentieth-century utopic visions and the erasings within his work. Another salient influence on this work is existential psychology, wherein ideas of dark and blocked space that relate to schizophrenia, a kind of self-dissolving, find echoes in Peri’s paintings, his drawings (some of which relate directly to drawings from psychological research) and his heavily frontal, confrontational sculptures. In Peri’s art, this self-dissolving is recouped, both as a framework for understanding how we might relate to art – as a process of empathy and intuition, a training ground – and also as a way for art to accept the failings of modernism without surrendering geometry and abstraction (or, indeed, in Peri’s painting, the virtues of improvisation). In his recent work, narratives of the modern begin to fall away, and one is left in an articulate state of encounter with a constructed otherness. Speaking of what he finds powerful and moving in historical art, Peri talks of ‘a blank clarity that just tips into self-dissolution’; this is the state his current work pursues.
— Martin Herbert.

Born in 1971 in London, England, Peri’s solo exhibitions include; 'Country 10', Kunsthalle Basel (2006) and 'ARTNOW', Tate Britain (2007). His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions internationally including the Hayward Gallery, London (2006); Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (2008) ; CCA Andratx, Mallorca (2009) ; The Saatchi Gallery, London (2010) and the Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania (2012). His work is conserved in both public and private collections including Tate Collection, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Arts Council of Great Britain.


KATJA STRUNZ
Project Room

April 18 - May 25, 2013 / Brussels
Opening Thursday, April 18, 5-8 pm

Almine Rech Gallery is pleased to announce the second exhibition of German artist Katja Strunz in its Brussels gallery.

Strunz’s sculptural practice, seeped in history, finds its roots in the constructivists and avant-gardes. For this presentation the artist has installed a monumental sculptural relief that was exhibited in the São Paolo Biennale this past fall entitled Zeittraum #10, which the artist has been working on since 2003. The piece is situated within her iconic series of folded works, relates to both notions of time and space and is rendered out of wood and metal. While elegant in their construction, the sculptures also retain a handmade aspect, revealing their aging over time. The exhibition will also include a group of collages, which relate to the artist’s sculptural practice and a solitary steel relief sculpture.

Strunz was born in 1970 in Ottweiler, Germany, she lives and works in Berlin. She was recently awarded the Vatenfall Contemporary 2013 and will be the subject of an exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie opening April 24th. A catalog will be published on the occasion.

Her work is included in numerous public and private collections including the Centre Pompidou, Paris and the Boros Collection, Berlin.

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