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Dan Peterman

American, b. 1960

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Dan Peterman

American, b. 1960

Biography

Dan Peterman uses art as a way to engage with ideas of sustainability and environmental activism, often using discarded or recycled items to create site-specific installations and force the viewer to consider waste and sustainability. He frequently returns to the theme of stockpiles, for one project filling a library with one ton of post-consumer plastic as a stand-in for books, for another using plastic bones to fill a gallery floor, randomly dispersing them on the floor to settle like grains of sand. In such works, close examination reveals the randomness by which this material was collected, granulated, melted, extruded, and machined into new composite forms. For Running Table (1997), Peterman engaged the community by opening a communal 100-foot picnic table for the people of Chicago.

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Solo show at a major institution
MCA Chicago
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Group show at a major institution
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, and 1 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum, and 4 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition
Biography

Dan Peterman uses art as a way to engage with ideas of sustainability and environmental activism, often using discarded or recycled items to create site-specific installations and force the viewer to consider waste and sustainability. He frequently returns to the theme of stockpiles, for one project filling a library with one ton of post-consumer plastic as a stand-in for books, for another using plastic bones to fill a gallery floor, randomly dispersing them on the floor to settle like grains of sand. In such works, close examination reveals the randomness by which this material was collected, granulated, melted, extruded, and machined into new composite forms. For Running Table (1997), Peterman engaged the community by opening a communal 100-foot picnic table for the people of Chicago.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
MCA Chicago
Group
Group show at a major institution
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition