Hans-Peter Feldmann

Hans-Peter Feldmann designed two separate rooms that are presented together in the "Artist's rooms".

 
Installation view Artist's rooms Hans-Peter Feldmann, Photo: Achim Kukulies, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015

With his newly designed artist’s room, Hans-Peter Feldmann brings back to life images that have been stored in our visual memory. The artist has been recently working with old paintings, and here landscapes acquired at art auctions in the style of our grandparents’ living room are aligned according to their horizon lines to form a frieze. The sizeable female heads also seem familiar, and indeed Feldmann commissioned a painter to copy and enlarge these portraits from historical masterpieces. Finally, a light rectangle and two hooks appear to be the only traces left of a painting: the light square that remains on the wall once it is removed, the blank space that beckons viewers to fill with their own pictorial memories.

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Hans Peter Feldmann installing his work „Schattenspiel“, Photo: Ralph Goertz

Trifles, toys, photographs, and women’s purses full of things: Hans-Peter Feldmann is a collector who doesn’t distinguish between original and reproduction, found object or self-made artwork. “Art is already here”, is his motto. The artist based in Düsseldorf placed a host of everyday objects on small spinning carousels, projecting their silhouettes on the wall behind them. Dark fleeting images float by in perpetually new constellations, obscuring the technical process behind the profane objects. Like Plato’s famous allegory of people looking at shadows on a cave wall instead of the real world, it is difficult to resist being drawn into Feldmann’s eerie, make-believe world.