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Peter Vahlefeld

Berlin / Germany

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Multimedia, Malerei • Born in Tokyo / Japan • Studied at Parsons School of Design NYC
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Peter Vahlefeld: Uncorporate Image

Peter Vahlefeld’s work explores the visible and veiled aspects of the dissemination of images. The paintings are both complex and multilayered, emotive pictorial palimpsests regarding his use of superimposed sources, which carry an iconographic set of references. These sources are transformed during the painting process in order to rearrange their meaning content. Peter is interested in the formal tensions within a painting, how visually...

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Peter Vahlefeld’s work explores the visible and veiled aspects of the dissemination of images. The paintings are both complex and multilayered, emotive pictorial palimpsests regarding his use of superimposed sources, which carry an iconographic set of references. These sources are transformed during the painting process in order to rearrange their meaning content. Peter is interested in the formal tensions within a painting, how visually different elements like paint, prints and collage interact on canvas. He picks up particularly the immediate and intuitive approaches of action painting/abstract expressionism—rubbing out and erasing previous markings, where oil paint seems to have been dragged, pulled, splashed, and splattered across the canvas.

Peter Vahlefeld – ZDF Television, Germany: Studio Berlin

The recent work uses the tactics of bootlegging and expropriation to address issues of economic commercialisation. The artwork is an abstruse commentary on the nature of advertising for art, galleries, auction houses and museums—a practice dedicated entirely to the harnessing of abstract desire and subjective memory to a tangible product, signified but not yet present.

Peter Vahlefeld – Kunst & Konsum

Artist Talk at Bar Giornale Munich with Stephanie Senge and Prof. Wolfgang Ullrich. Hosted by Dr. Stefanie Staby und Kat Schuetz.

Peter Vahlefeld – Exhibition Bar Giornale Munich

Peter Vahlefeld weaves a complex web of images, advertisements and popular elements that superimposes his narrative, layer by layer. He deconstructs not only linear narrative structures but also the divisions between truth and fiction.

Peter Vahlefeld – Shopping at the National Gallery for Miro

The video grapples with reflections over marketing strategies in art. Peter Vahlefeld 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 – Shopping at the National Gallery for a Vincent van Gogh File Label

The video grapples with reflections over marketing strategies in art. Peter Vahlefeld 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 – Shopping at the National Gallery for Vincent van Gogh´s Sunflowers

The video grapples with reflections over marketing strategies in art. Peter Vahlefeld 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 – Shopping at the National Gallery for a Vincent van Gogh Puzzle

The video grapples with reflections over marketing strategies in art. Peter Vahlefeld 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 – Shopping at the National Gallery for a Vincent van Gogh Lens Cloth

The video grapples with reflections over marketing strategies in art. Peter Vahlefeld 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 – Shopping at the National Gallery for a Vincent van Gogh iPhone Cover 6

The video grapples with reflections over marketing strategies in art. Peter Vahlefeld 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 – Shopping at the National Gallery

The video grapples with reflections over marketing strategies in art. Peter Vahlefeld 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 – Artforum

Art's most radical quality is that it's useless. People have used art for lots of purposes throughout history, but artists have to protect its uselessness—it serves as a shield against corruption. Making things with zero utility—and emphasizing that trait—is certainly one way to keep paintings from turning into the creative equivalent of pork bellies.

Peter Vahlefeld – Artforum

Art's most radical quality is that it's useless. People have used art for lots of purposes throughout history, but artists have to protect its uselessness—it serves as a shield against corruption. Making things with zero utility—and emphasizing that trait—is certainly one way to keep paintings from turning into the creative equivalent of pork bellies.

Peter Vahlefeld – Art + Auction

The recent work uses the tactics of expropriation to address issues of economic commercialisation. The artwork is an abstruse commentary on the nature of advertising for art, galleries, auction houses and museums—a practice dedicated entirely to the harnessing of abstract desire and subjective memory to a tangible product, signified but not yet present.

What is your favourite material to work with? How has your use of it evolved throughout your practice?

Acylics, Oil paint and my Epson Ultrachrome printer.

What themes do you pursue?

The mediatization of painting


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2017

Top of the Pops der Königlich Bayerischen Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Galerie Michael Heufelder, Munich, Germany

The Stolen Image, Rubicon Partners, Munich, London, Shanghai

The Stolen Image, Galerie Robert Widmann, Munich, Germany

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GROUP

2016

Green, Gallery Michael Heufelder, Munich, Germany

2015

Benefit Auction, Sotheby´s, Vienna, Austria

2014

Artist Talk, Stephanie Senge, Peter Vahlefeld & Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, nurjungekunst, Munich, Germany

WORKS IN COLLECTIONS

Dallmayr, Munich, Germany

Dobergo, Lossburg-Betzweiler, Germany

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GALLERIES

Galerie Michael Heufelder | http://www.galerie-heufelder.de

46 Parachute Purple | http://www.46parachutepurple.com

Salon Populaire | http://salon-populaire.com/art/peter-vahlefeld/

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PUBLICATIONS

AWARDS

2003, Photoshopaward, Berlin

1991, American Illustration 10th Annual Award, New York

1988, Grant, Parsons School of Design, Paris

EDUCATION (detailed)

1990, Honor-Degree, Parsons School of Design, New York


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