Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to present German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann’s third solo exhibition at its Hong Kong space. Encompassing works from across Feldmann’s nearly five-decades long career, this survey show includes sculpture, photography, installation, collage, the appropriated image and found object.
Feldmann’s work dissolves the borders between art and life, blurring distinctions between conventionally high and low culture to discover unexpected, humorous outcomes that often verge on the absurd, and which challenge his viewers’ aesthetic sensibilities. One consistent strand of his practice sees the artist appropriate and modify historic oil paintings, mined from auctions, second hand shops and markets. Disrupting long-held assertions of the artist’s role as a unique creator, Feldmann systematically reconstructs existing images and objects to reflect on representation, with such subtle, humorous interventions as the addition of a red nose to a portrait, or by painting over the subject’s face to create a trompe l’oeil cut out. In A Story, the artist brings together three found paintings in a simple grouping that encourages the viewer to make connections or associations between the otherwise unrelated canvases, ultimately bestowing each of them with new life and narrative meaning.