press release

Konrad Fischer Galerie gladly announces and kindly invites to the opening of Düsseldorf based artist Hans-Peter Feldmann’s comprehensive solo show.

Feldmann doesn’t really focus the extraordinary and remarkable object but is rather interested in the orbit of everyday and trivial things - or, as he has it: "Only five minutes per day reveal something special, I’d love to show the rest, the normal live."

So he present in his series "Alle Kleider einer Frau" (all clothes of a woman) in 71 single photographies literally the complete outfit on simple hangers. In another project, he shows handbags including their potpourri content he bought from previously unknown, passing-by ladies in a shopping mall. He takes photographs of different types of bread, transforms a folding rule into a so-called "Zollstockhaus" (folding inch house) or concerts workaday objects like pencils, dices, reading glasses, scissors or paint-pots as "Ästhetische Studien" (aesthetic studies). Indeed, all sometimes only partly arranged displacements are predicated on a refined and subversive humor revealing the absurdities of our daily routine.

Hans-Peter Feldmann collects and finds mainly photographies - sometimes at flea markets, sometimes he’s shooting himself. His enormous pool of contemporary found footage photographs he presents in form of booklets or elaborated artist books. But Feldmann collects and screens in the field of art history as well. A museum of postage stamps has been created out of stamps showing historical paintings. Original bourgeois portrait paintings from the 19th and early 20th century are overpainted with cross-eyes or red noses, this way inverting the original patriarchal gesture into something grotesque. In his recent works he isolates woman portraits out of their original context forming new paintings. Landscape paintings are arranged along their horizon lines side by side. Parallel, these landscape works will be presented at Kunstsammlung NRW’s K21 in new artists rooms dedicated to Hans-Peter Feldmann’s works.

Hans-Peter Feldmann’s artistic authorship has been taken a back seat compared to other contemporary art practices, by creating unlimited editions he also positions himself somewhat outside common art market customs. His works go usually unsigned, mostly undated as well, his personal data in his curriculum vitae is reduced to the max: Hans-Peter Feldmann, born 1941 in Hilden, lives and works in Düsseldorf.