Vernissage Peter Vahlefeld im Kultursalon Wien
Peter Vahlefed bearbeitet ein Mapplethorpe Plakat
About Peter Vahlefeld
Berlin-based Peter Vahlefeld was born in Tokyo, Japan. He grew up in Hong Kong and Hamburg (Germany), receiving his BFA in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design, NYC in 1990. He has participated in a variety of solo exhibitions and art fairs on a yearly basis, including Art Fair Cologne, Art Karlsruhe (Germany), Art Bodensee (Austria) and venues such as Sotheby's (Vienna), Chloe Savigny (Paris), Fiona Alison (London), and 46 Parachute Purple (New York). He received the »American Illustration 10th Annual Award« and a Photoshop Award 2003. In 2014 he was interviewed for a culture programme for ZDF television in Berlin, Germany about his artwork and filmed in his studio. His work can be found in corporate collections throughout Germany, as well as in private collections worldwide.
Peter Vahlefeld’s paintings grapple with reflections over marketing strategies in art. He has recognized that works of art in our culture inevitably are reduced to the condition of commodity. What he does is to short-circuit the process and start with the commodity. Peter Vahlefeld over-paints ready-made images like advertisements of international galleries, museums, and auction houses. The over-painted printed matter will then be digitalized and reworked on the computer, before being blown up, rendering the three-dimensional over-painting as a two-dimensional background for the new painting on canvas. The canvas becomes a palette of inkjet-prints as the painting upon it takes shape. The result is a multilayered composition in which figure and ground seem to continually shift between the analog painting with acrylics and oil, and its digital counterpart. This method is predicated upon the crossover of painting, printing and collage, and draws it actuality from the collision between the visual codes of mass media and the subjective traces of painterly expression, establishing a complex relationship between paint and the digitalized image of paint. Peter Vahlefeld’s artwork are never furtive documentations of reality but complex constructions that require lengthy decodification on the part of the observer. The various sources, which are subsequently assembled and juxtaposed on canvas, are also quintessentially a true reflection of the times. And so where Twombly once scrawled the names of Roman gods across his canvases, Vahlefeld can only put paint against a ground of the new gods: Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Art Basel, MoMA, Tate, etc.
Exhibitions & Events (in chronological order until 2007):
Rubicon Partners, Munich, London, Shanghai; Earlybird Venture Capital, Munich; Galerie Michael Heufelder, Munich; Galerie Döbele, Mannheim, Frankfurt, Karlsruhe, Dresden (Germany), Innsbruck (Austria); Sotheby’s, Vienna (Austria); Saatchi Art, curated by Rebecca Wilson for Collectors in Edmonton (Canada), Kiev (Ukraine), Oslo (Norway), Houston Texas (USA), Mumbai (India); White & Case, Munich; British Vogue, London; Artist Talk with Stephanie Senge & Prof. Wolfgang Ullrich, nurjungekunst, Munich; Elizabeth Cooper Gallery, Leipzig; Saatchi Gallery, London; Arena, Berlin; Neumeister Moderne, Munich; 46 Parachute Purple, New York; Kultursalon, Vienna (Austria); Chloe Savigny, Paris; Fiona Alison, London; McDermott Will & Emery, Munich; Schlosspavillon Ismaning, Munich; Galerie Brennecke, Berlin; Galerie Winkelmann, Düsseldorf
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