The particular allure of Puklus’ practice is derived from his ability to construct visually captivating, multi-layered images out of basic elements, figures and iconographic frameworks that are within our reach.
Peter Puklus is among a generation of artists for whom photography isn’t taken as a straightforward medium. Instead, it is a tool bogged down by a trail of cultural, artistic, commercial and political associations and correlations. Rather than consider this aspect as a weakness, the artist consciously exploits this context to invert it to his own advantage. The particular allure of the artist's practice is derived from his ability to construct visually captivating, multi-layered images out of basic elements, figures and iconographic frameworks that are within our reach. He primarily operates in his immediate environment and his basic medium of expression is the outwardly classic technique of studio photography; trivial events, subtle gestures and momentary poses come together with a constellation of objects or home interiors as a photographic narrative woven by Puklus. Those objects, collected and constructed specifically for the purpose of these photographs, often take on a second life as individual works, sculptures or installations in their own right. They build a third dimension within Puklus’ photographic universe, while effectively rubbing out the boundary between fiction and reality, documentary and creation.