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F X G 13

F X G 13 , 2013 - Peles Empire

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about this work

F X G 13 (2013)  is part of a series of 4 unique works: four castings in A3 format made from cement and paper, in which copies of details of photographs are used. The artists photographed the interiors of the Peles Castle in Romania, which, with its historicist blend of interiors comprising stylistic and epochal copies, is the starting point for the artistic oeuvre of Peles Empire. They use these photographs in a progressive process of alienation and abstraction as a source for their work: initially the room is converted into a flat image, composed of the conventional A3 copy format. Out of this evolve sculptural or two-dimensional works, which in turn are photographed. This visual material then leads to the creation of even more new shapes, formats and photographs. The different qualities of the materials used in in this series (F X G 10 – F X G 13) allow the emergence of structures between porous and smooth, open and closed surfaces, between two-dimensional and sculptural effects; corresponding to the title F X G, which is the mathematical notation for a fold.

This series of works was produced on the occasion of the solo exhibition Ever Build by Peles Empire at GAK - Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst in Bremen in 2014.

about Peles Empire

Peles Empire is a collaborative project founded in 2005 by Katharina Stöver (°1982, Gießen, DE) and Barbara Wolff (°1980, Fogaras, RO) - they live and work in Berlin (DE) and London (UK).

The starting point for the artistic practice of Peles Empire is Peles Castle, a summer residence built for King Carol I at the end of the 19th Century in Romania’s Carpathian Mountains. The interior of Peles Castle is characterized by a mash-up of décors, each room dedicated to a different historical era such as Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance and Art Deco. In 2005, Peles Empire began by compiling a photographic documentation of these rooms, which then served as the basis for their work in plural ways. Recently, the duo has varied their approach to working with the castle imagery and is pushing even further the concept of abstracting an original through its reproduction.

Peles Empire has had numerous solo exhibitions, including shows at Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart; Cell Project Space, London; Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Glasgow; and Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen.
Their work has also been shown in several group exhibitions at venues such as KW Berlin; The Moving Museum, Istanbul; Bundeskunsthalle Bonn; and ICA, London.

Peles Empire is represented by the following gallery;
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Wentrup Gallery, Berlin

You can also find more works by Peles Empire on their own website.

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