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Painting: Oil, Acrylic, Spray Paint, Ink, Digital on Canvas.
Acrylic, acrylic based medium, archival varnish UV protection, oil, and archival pigment prints (collage) on canvas. The artwork comes ready to hang.
Transforming hotel stationary into the domain of painting, the artwork does not concern itself with content; in fact, it’s all about composition. Canvas, fabrics and pigment prints were covered with various applications of paint made with spray cans, towels, brooms and brushes, and a devotion to painterly processes and excesses, creating an impression of depth through overlapping layers.
Using strong gestures and the physicality of paint, Peter Vahlefeld explores the relationship between image and reality, between text and logo, fabrics, patterns, colors and how they influence each other. When you see text, it’s all about meaning. Searching for that is the normal reaction to text. While letters and numbers, as means of language-based expression, may have initiated the procedure of processing, they loose the initial meaning, and the significance now restricts itself to that of signs within a set space. Thus the work is simultaneously abstract and representational.
The painting starts playfully, according to a mood for a sensation or just to get rid of the content of the stationary. Usually the first move will be painted over or painted out. Moves and counter-moves are initiated by similar violations. It is just decision after decision—an ongoing process of putting something onto canvas and then editing it, then putting something down and editing it again, updating Rauschenberg’s antiformalist handling of painting as a flat surface on which signs of various origins and meanings can be piled up. The making itself leads the way and the image is the manifestation of this process, beyond logic just looking for the poetry of a stay.
Artist featured by Saatchi Art in a collection
Featured in Saatchi Art's curated series, Inside The Studio