September 29th, 2014

Peter Fend at Essex Street

HISTORY MADE BY ARTISTS, 2014 Vinyl decal on aluminum sign 36 x 24 inches

Artist: Peter Fend

Venue: Essex Street, New York

Exhibition Title: REBELS ARE REASONABLE

Date: September 7 – October 26, 2014

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Peter Fend at Essex Street

HAITI, 2014 UV inkjet print on aluminum 12 x 18 inches Aid programs to Haiti usually fail, with a few exceptions, such as that of doctors from Cuba. One could better begin with assessment of its soil. Materially, this soil starts in the red area, above sea level, then is cropped, burned and washed away, with residues flowing into the blue area, below sea level.  SAVE YOUR SOIL, I say.  Collect it from the sea, in the biological forms of seaweed and fish.  I've discussed this for decades with Haitian-Americans in NY (even Jean-Michel Basquiat; days before he died, he asked for a Haiti map; I produced it long after). If one concentrates more on the land-sea relation, and more on what flows down from that mountain ridge on the right to the territorial waters, then one can be more "humane" with the people living there.

Full gallery of video, images, press release and link available after the jump.

Videos:

Peter Fend, OCEAN COMES TO US, 2014. Video, 3 minutes, 23 seconds (looped). Courtesy of the artist and Essex Street, New York.

 

Images:

Video and images courtesy of the artist and Essex Street, New York

Press Release:

PETER FEND INVENTED THE
FORM OF WRITING A WHOLE
PLANET COULD DO FURTHER

BECAUSE IT DERIVES FROM
THE NATURE OF ALPHABETS

NOT AN AIM TO BE ON TOP

SIGNS TALK DOWN BUT THE
WORD STACKS AGGLOMERATE

THEY BUBBLE UP FROM ANY
PERSON WITH AN ALPHABET
TRAINING FROM CHILDHOOD

DEMOCRACY HAS NEW POWER

WORD STACKS WILL SPREAD

AS A WAY TO COMMUNICATE
AND ESTABLISH COMMUNITY

AND, THEY ARE EASIER TO
READ THAN THE PARAGRAPH

BECAUSE THEY ARE GRAPHS

NOT PARA-GRAPHS BUT THE
REAL GRAPH, AS A LAYOUT

SPATIAL LOGIC ORGANIZES
VISUAL LANGUAGE WITH AN
ART THAT INTEGRATES ALL
AROUND US: ARCHITECTURE

LITERARY INVENTION WILL
COME FROM ARCHITECTURAL
HABITS OF THOUGHT TODAY

HOW CAN THE CIA CONTROL
SUCH A NEW WAY TO WRITE

FINALLY JAMES BOND MUST
RELENT, GIVING WAY TO A
FORCE OF COMMON THOUGHT

BY A CITIZEN NAMED FEND

 

This is Peter Fend’s second show at ESSEX STREET. His first show Über die Grenze, in 2012, has been reshown at Fondazione Giuliani, Rome; the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague; White Columns, New York; and Apexart, New York. He recently gave a TEDxTalk at the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein. He has had solo Exhibitions at Esther Schipper, Koln; Christian Nagel, Berlin; Tanja Grunert, Koln; Anne de Villepoix, Paris; Marta Cervera, Madrid; Marc Jancou, London; Mars Gallery, Tokyo; Nicola von Senger, Zurich; Roger Pailhas, Paris; and with Georg Kargl in Vienna. From 1988 to 2004, Fend worked with Colin de Land / American Fine Arts, New York. Fend was in Documenta IX, 1992 and the Venice Biennale, 1993.

Link: Peter Fend at Essex Street

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