Peter Morrens

°1965, Lier (BE) - lives and works in Antwerp (BE)

The work of Peter Morrens is not easy to define. He draws and paints, writes and photographs, makes sculptures and installations, does performances, and makes books and films. At first glance, his work seems to go in all directions. You might even think that it is the work of different artists. But actually, his practice is very coherent: he offers us a look at how we relate to the world.

We understand the world and our place in it through images, and how we interpret these in different ways. Peter Morrens works with fragments of these very images: he selects and copies, reworks and adapts existing images, and through his translation, they acquire a personal resonance. For this, Morrens uses very diverse image sources: found fragments from magazines, images from art history, early drawings of his children, images of his own works of art, preserved fragments of text, etc.In this way, Peter Morrens’ entire practice is based on collaboration and association: each work grows out of another image, text fragment or movement, and then in turn transforms into a new image. This constant transformation creates an ever-changing maze of meaning.

Many of the images Peter Morrens reworks are based on a source he made himself: older works of art by his own hand. He does this very consciously in order to break through the chronology of his oeuvre. As a result, Morrens’ oeuvre is not made up of separate works that follow one another neatly in succession, but rather of circular movements in which works are constantly being re-examined and adapted, so that new relationships are constantly being established.

Peter Morrens
Peter Morrens (Courtesy of This Surrounds Us All. Photo by Lola Pertsowsky)

Peter Morrens  studied at KASK and teaches at LUCA, both in Ghent. He was co-artistic leader of the Voorkamer artists’ initiative in Lier for 20 years. Morrens has shown his work in De Warande, Turnhout; Kunstlerhaus, Dortmund; Gallery Surge, Tokyo; Middelheim, Antwerp; Roger Raveelmuseum, Machelen; James Taylor Gallery, London; Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna; Z33, Hasselt; and S.M.A.K., Ghent, among others.

 

Peter Morrens is represented by the following gallery;
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Kristof de Clercq Gallery, Ghent

works by Peter Morrens

Peter Morrens - Point Blank Press, 1998-2022

Peter Morrens

Point Blank Press

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Peter Morrens - Point Blank Press, 1998-2022

Peter Morrens

Point Blank Press

Peter Morrens - Point Blank Press, 1998-2022

Peter Morrens

Point Blank Press

Peter Morrens - Point Blank Press, 1998-2022

Peter Morrens

Point Blank Press

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Peter Morrens - Point Blank Press, 1998-2022

Peter Morrens

Point Blank Press

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Peter Morrens - Point Blank Press, 1998-2022

Peter Morrens

Point Blank Press

Peter Morrens - Point Blank Press, 1998-2022

Peter Morrens

Point Blank Press

Peter Morrens - Point Blank Press, 1998-2022

Peter Morrens

Point Blank Press

Peter Morrens - Point Blank Press, 1998-2022

Peter Morrens

Point Blank Press

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Peter Morrens - Point Blank Press, 1998-2022

Peter Morrens

Point Blank Press

Peter Morrens - Point Blank Press, 1998-2022

Peter Morrens

Point Blank Press

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Peter Morrens - Point Blank Press, 1998-2022

Peter Morrens

Point Blank Press

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