Peter De Meyer (°1981)
heads and tails
Throughout art history many people reflected about the difficult and controversial question “what constitutes art?” But the better question is: “what is it that determines an art piece?”
When looking at an artwork there is more than meets the eye. It is not the mere visual piece that determines this question but a variety of invisible structures that exist before (the creation process) and after the artwork (the exhibition going hand in hand with public opinions). In his solo-exhibition heads and tails, Peter De Meyer visualizes this theoretical idea in a clear visual manner.
A built-up of worktops on which the artist created previous works, a mural installation with used pencils and ballpoints with severe chewing marks or a commemorative plaque with the inscription in memory of the works of art that did not make it into the show, all manifest elements of the creation process that are normally not visible to the public at large.
Additionally, De Meyer exhibits pieces such as an advertising box whereby opinions go back and forth, a line of sad worn out flags or an untouched shooting gallery to visualize that the artwork is the end of an artistic process, hence a terminus, while being a starting point at the same time since the work is weighted down with public opinions.
To conclude, an installation with about a dozen bottles of champagne, ready to pop, but held down by strong small ropes, illustrates in a tangible manner the bottled up tension and irony the artist experiences in relation to the further course of the work after an exhibition and/or sale.
In his current show, Peter De Meyer deconstructs the path of an art piece while shedding light on the invisible processes that determine each work. The question of what holds greater importance – the creation in the studio or the public reflection after the presentation – is left open to the viewer.
In this manner, Peter De Meyer visualizes ideas that were already present in his previous series and puts art, the art world and moreover himself as an artist in perspective.
Upcoming Exhibitions: Black to the future (Het Labo & C-mine, Genk); Kunstenfestival Watou; Salon blanc (Oostende); ECCE HOMO (Groupshow curated by Geukens & De Vil, Marion de Cannière & Eric Rinckhout, Antwerpen); Workflow (Groupshow curated by Wim Wauman, CC Sint-Niklaas).