Update – Ausstellung: 29.1.–12.3.2022


Solo show: Jan, 29th - Mar, 12th, 2022

„Raus aus der Grauzone“
Aquarell / Acryl / Pigmenttinte auf Papier, 55 x 44 cm, 2021

After the Galerie Martin Mertens in Berlin-Mitte has already presented the Berlin artist Peer Kriesel at fairs in Berlin and Amsterdam since 2020, it is now showing this versatile work for the first time in a solo exhibition in the gallery.

The central medium of his work is drawing, but he also works with sculptures and objects. One of the groups of works includes drawings/overpaintings on historical paper, such as maps and sea charts as well as postcards, which in the past had specific functions and in some cases were of great value to users. It is also about the change in the appreciation and in the evaluation of printed paper as a communication and information medium. While nautical charts were extremely important and valuable up until the 19th and 20th centuries and represented very helpful sources of information, in the age of GPS and Google they largely lost their function and thus their appreciation. They only have a graphic value. By overpainting, Kriesel gives them new life and value in a different context. For his drawings, Kriesel is inspired by the structures, markings, dates and colors of the historical image carrier and populates them with an unfathomable universe of grimaces, mythical creatures and figures that are drawn with the finest strokes.
His entire work is strongly influenced by the age of digitization. It's about values, the acceleration of communication, the change in perception and the inflationary consumption of art and media. Symbolically, the works of map overpainting deal with orientation in an age of abundance of data, influences, impressions and messages, which nowadays can no longer be grasped and classified in an unstructured way.

The "Achim" group has a special position in Kriesel's work. This series of works includes overpaintings of old postcards, documents and papers from the estate of his great-uncle Achim. They tell a personal, but also forgotten story, and new figures and a world from today emerge in contrast to old, aesthetically exciting underground and backgrounds.
In addition to old postcards from the family, the papers and documents also come from a period of captivity during and after World War II. The analogous short messages on field post postcards try to transport emotions on weeks of insecure postal routes and are in stark contrast to today's Twitter or Messenger messages.

Übermalung / Achim - Aquarell/ Pigmenttinte auf Papier, 20,5 x 19 cm, 2020

We also show examples of his hidden object pictures, in which Kriesel immerses the viewer in a fairytale, almost fabulous world. At the same time, he confronts him with the absurd, real world of data flow, stimulus and information overload - a world full of violence and frustration, but also absurdities and humorous weirdness. The viewer can get lost in his pictures and often look at a multitude of different scenarios. These "hidden objects" cannot be deciphered at first glance - so the viewer can always discover new themes and things. In addition to the geometric forms, Peer Kriesel tries to bring order to the crowd in the series of works called Lines, Essences and The Blocks.

In the ME SO SMALL installations in combination with the wall or with objects such as rare car models, the artist supposedly becomes a vandal. With a gestural stroke, he draws a caricature on the wall or the model. As a result of this action, the valuable object is devalued or even damaged on the one hand, but at the same time is upgraded and elevated to the status of an art object. This contradiction particularly appeals to the artist, because at a time when the production and consumption of creative work or "only" beautiful things are becoming almost inflationary, general values ​​are also shifting. In the interaction with the wall on site, Kriesel counters the fast-moving times with something: the permanent installation.

Fratzen-Zeichnung auf Porsche-Modell (911 Carrera) (1:8)
16,5cm × 54cm × 25cm (H×L×B)
Figur (Kunststoff) – ca. 12cm
Gesamtmaße: 29cm × 54cm × 25cm (H×L×B)
Unikat, 2020
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Due to the current Corona situation, the gallery and the artist are not opening the exhibition. However, the works can be seen in the gallery from 29 January at 1:00 p.m.
Peer Kriesel will be in the gallery on January 29th and February 5th and 12th from 3pm to 6pm. Further appointments with the artist are also possible by arrangement.

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