Untitled Shoe Shine Painting by Peter Vahlefeld

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Painting: Oil, Acrylic, Spray Paint, Ink, Digital on Canvas.

Acrylic, acrylic based medium, archival varnish UV protection, oil, fabrics, and archival pigment prints (collage) on canvas. The artwork comes ready to hang.

The very idea of whiting out or erasing, presents a daunting challenge as it comes enmeshed in connotations of destruction. That is not the case for Peter Vahlefeld, who regards the act of removing or obliterating painted elements not as an end in itself, but as an integral part of the process of constructing a painting. In this case, the artwork was destroyed using the devices of »decollage«, ripping the painting apart. These effects work in a kind of narrative way, as you take away and take away instead of adding. It is an unfolding process, a conflict between pictorial immanence and its undoing. The process involves scraping, lacerating and digging into the surface of the work with electric tools like sanding machines, revealing buried layers of painted references.


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Untitled Shoe Shine

Peter Vahlefeld

Germany

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Size: 47.2 W x 47.2 H x 2 in

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