PETER WELZ

2022

Visual Arts

Peter Welz born 1972, Germany, Lives and works in Berlin. Peter’s expansive moving-image sculptures are idiosyncratic, contemporary monuments to personalities who have fascinated and influenced him. He sees them as a new form of portrait, conceived for various media and combining diverse techniques and creative elements.

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Peter Welz’s complex video installations explore the dynamic relationships between figure and space in a variety of ways. A trained sculptor, Welz places special demands on the moving image and questions the conventions of staging.

In contrast to the usual presentation of films, in dark projection rooms or on large screens, he treats video screens, projectors, and monitors like sculptures by placing them in the middle of the room. Viewers move between the projection surfaces on which the film is being played. At times they walk behind the picture; at times they stand in front of it. They view it from an oblique, menacingly foreshortened angle or head-on from the perspective of the original camera. They become part of the cinematic image itself. They steer their bodies and gazes not only through the space, but also through a sculpture and a moving image. The boundaries between work and viewer dissolve.

Peter Welz’s expansive moving-image sculptures are idiosyncratic, contemporary monuments to personalities who have fascinated and influenced him. He sees them as a new form of portrait, conceived for various media and combining diverse techniques and creative elements. From film, video, and photography to drawing, painting, and sculpture, from dance and performance to installation, Welz employs all the tools of our multimedia, cross- over art world. Nevertheless, his use of form is clear, precise, coherent, monolithic, and at times monumental. At its core is a person we see in a new light. The first of these portraits—or better yet, the first of these moving-image sculptures with the character of a portrait—was created by Peter Welz for the Louvre in Paris in 2005. It was dedicated to the British painter Francis Bacon and was subsequently shown in dozens of exhibitions worldwide.

WORKS

  • Portrait #4 AA Bronson 2019

  • Portrait #1 final unfinished portrait (Francis Bacon) 2017

  • Portrait #3 Antonioni and Vitti 2015

  • Portrait #2 Casa Malaparte 2013

  • Longing For … score #1 2010

  • Hommage à Maurice Béjart 2010

  • Video sculpture | architectural device | rotating figure inscribing a circle | six channel 2006

  • whenever on on on nohow on | airdrawing 2004

  • The fall | corner projection | Claudia up | Juan down 2003

  • Double space for the exact fall (forward) 2000

  • Figure (grey) moving (backward) in a circle (continuously) 2000

  • Horizontal Tilt 1999