LONDON.- Simon Lee Gallery
is presenting an online exhibition of works by German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann.
Since the 1960s, Düsseldorf-based Feldmann has amassed a prolific collection of photography, painting, postcards, knick-knacks and everyday ephemera. With the majority of his work untitled and undated, he gives away as little empirical information as possible to his audience, instead encouraging an unbiased viewing experience, unbound by context.
With surprising humour and subtle intervention, Feldmann systematically reconstructs existing images and objects to reflect on representation and the construction of ideologies. In doing so, he challenges the boundaries of high-art and disrupts long-held assertions of the artists role as a unique creator. In One Pound of Strawberries thirty four colour-photographs of individual strawberries demonstrate the artists urge to document, and thus celebrate, the ordinary.
The engrossing Wunderkammer, or Cabinet of Curiosities, presents three glass vitrines in which Feldmann has laid out, with great intent, an assortment of object, all apparently unrelated, aside from their ability to spark Feldmanns curiosity: a Magritte-esque pipe, an old telephone, a tap, a hipflask, a shaving brush, an open lipstick, childrens shoes, a microscope, dentures, a large silver spoon, a bulldog clip, folding spectacles, boxing gloves, a mousetrap, a perfume bottle, handcuffs and a lightbulb. Wunderkammer opens up the artists private, encyclopaedic world: an anthology of objects or visual impressions of biographical significance.
The exhibition also features the multi-part painting installations, Untitled (seascapes) and A Story. Mined from auctions, second-hand shops and markets, these simply grouped works open up a space for viewers to make connections and associations between otherwise discrete images, creating a disjuncture between intention and reception, while simultaneously bestowing upon them new life and narrative meaning. These form part of a consistent strand of the artists practice, involving the appropriation and modification of historic oil painting. This creeping nostalgia for a life that never was is supplanted by uncanny alternative narratives, reminding us of the power of images in the creation of personal mythologies.
Hans-Peter Feldmann was born in 1941 and lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany. His work has been shown extensively internationally and has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions and projects, including at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2017); Sammlung Philara, Dusseldorf, Germany (2016); C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany (2016); Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark (2015); The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel (2013); Serpentine Galleries, London, UK (2012), which travelled to BAWAG Contemporary, Vienna, Austria (2012) and Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany (2013) and Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (2010), which travelled to Malmö Konstall, Malmö, Sweden (2010), Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany (2010), Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany (2010) and the Arnolfini, Bristol, UK (2007-2008). Feldmann was awarded the Hugo Boss Prize for the Arts, in association with the Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY in 2010. His work is housed in major private and public collections including S.M.A.K., the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Tate, London, UK; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY.