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Opening: Thursday 15 September, 6.30–8.30pm
Chisenhale Gallery presents the first solo exhibition in a UK institution by Berlin and Brussels-based artist Peter Wächtler.
Wächtler works across a range of media including sculpture, drawing and animated film, with his writing and prose poems often providing source material. For Wächtler, the introverted experience of labour becomes both his process and his subject.
For his exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, Wächtler presents a film made through traditional cel animation, soundtracked by a rock and roll song. The animation depicts the central subject’s departure along a country road, set against a backdrop of moonlit landscapes. The protagonist’s repetitive stasis invokes an ambiguous relationship with acts of progress or withdrawal, as well as our own misplaced desires.
A limited edition artwork by Peter Wächtler has been produced to accompany the exhibition. For more details and to visit our online shop, please click here.
Peter Wächtler (born 1979, Hannover) lives and works in Brussels and Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include 9, KIOSK, Ghent (2016); Secrets of a Trumpet, The Renaissance Society, Chicago (2016); Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster (2014); Reena Spaulings, New York (2014); dépendance gallery, Brussels (2013). Selected group exhibitions include Surround Audience, New Museum Triennial, New York (2015); A Needle Walks into a Haystack, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool (2014); Meanwhile... Suddenly and Then, Lyon Biennale (2013); Pride Goes Before a Fall / Beware of a Holy Whore, Artists Space, New York (2013); Salon der Angst, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2013). Sternberg Press published a collection of Wächtler’s texts in 2013, titled Come On.
Peter Wächtler's exhibition is supported by The Henry Moore Foundation; Muriel & Freddy Salem; the Cranford Collection, London and Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V.
With additional support from the Peter Wächtler Supporters Circle.
With thanks to dépendance, Brussels; Reena Spaulings Fine Art, NY/LA; Lars Friedrich, Berlin; Mark Hix and HIX Restaurants.