Peer Kriesel works primarily in analogue - with watercolor / acrylic paint and pigment ink on paper - but purely digital works have also been created for years - they are hidden objects or abstractions of grimaces and masks.
The substantive background of his artistic work is the digital world - the digital transformation, the change in communication, the acceleration of processes and the mass of data that is increasing due to the steadily increasing number of posts, tweets, advertisements, news and YouTube uploads becomes.
Thematically, the artist deals with the structuring of the crowd in his works - through geometric shapes or lined up in a row (in the series of "Essences")). The viewer can discover parallel tools in the digital world: such as search engines and filter options that help the user to make the mass of data understandable and still understandable.THE VICE (A Floating Essence), 2021
In his digital works, which he presents as NFTs (Non-fungible Token) on different platforms, Peer Kriesel allows the analog and the digital world to merge: In his FRTZN block series, he animates digital drawings that are created on the iPad, but The digital brush simulation makes it look like analog pencil drawings or oil paintings.THE CHANCE, 2021
In one work, a figure in the crowd switches off the light and new figures or situations become visible as if on a second level. In other works, the artist has a crumpled drawing that was previously drawn digitally rotated in space. The buyer of the NFT can download “Unlockable Content” - including the mysterious, uncompleted drawing as a high-resolution digital file for the digital frame.SHAKAMOOPSIES (Series 1), 2021
Since 2021, in addition to his focus on works on paper, new series of works have been created, such as the Floating Essences, the Blocks as animated exploded drawings or the Shakamoopsies (shakamoopsies.com) in purely digital form.The Unknown Clown #45/300, 2021
It's about how works can be created in digital automation and what that does to us humans.
The series of works "The Unknown Portraits" is generally about traditional painting, which is created on the digital medium, but simulates analog brushstrokes.
The others were "simply" deleted.
The artist can only determine the work beforehand in the painting process and later in the selection process.
The series of works by The Unknown Family Portraits was created based on the same principle. The first series consists of overpainted family photos and can be assigned to the Achim series , which so far only consisted of analogous works.
This series of works includes painting over old postcards, documents, papers and family photos from my great-uncle, Achim.
They tell a personal but also a forgotten story – on old, aesthetically exciting surfaces and backgrounds, new figures and a world from today emerge in contrast.
In today's digital world, the flood of digital images and avatars, profile pictures on social media channels and self-portrayal on the Internet, these often very rare portrait photos seem very bizarre and yet incredibly exciting.
Most of the time, there is only this one picture of the family members or maybe another picture – but not visible to everyone, but hidden in photo albums in boxes in the attic. They are relics from another time. And the people are often unknown – despite family ties.
The Avatar is a random combination of 555 drawings + scaffolding – 10 elements with each 55 variations randomly combined via HTML + JS + 5 possible masks + bgcolour. A curated selection of the best 111 Avatars builds an own "pfp project": The Avatars.
The Friendly Strangers are 100 digitally hand drawn unique artworks. Each of them is made <= 5 minutes. The question: What is a minute worth in times of digitalization and automation?
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