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A Piece for 2 Lines and 3 Letters

A Piece for 2 Lines and 3 Letters, 2011 - Peter Downsbrough

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A Piece for 2 Lines and 3 Letters, 2011

Peter Downsbrough

Sculpture, Mixed Media
Edition of 25 copies, comes with a certificate signed and numbered by the artist

  • Medium: Construction sheet for 2 lines and 3 letters, with adhesive film and tape in box
  • This work is unframed
  • Ships in 5 to 10 business days from Germany

about this work

A Piece for 2 Lines and 3 Lettercombines elements that are very typical of Downsbrough’s work: text and lines allowing one to examine the meaning of “space”. This edition consists of handmade box containing, among other things, a construction drawing, instructions and the building materials (adhesive letters and tape) to create an installation by Peter Downsbrough. at home.

about Peter Downsbrough

°1940, New Jersey (US) – lives and works in Brussels (BE)

Since the end of the 1960s, conceptual artist Peter Downsbrough changed the perception about art thoroughly. At the basis of his strong diversified oeuvre, lies a highly distilled, visual vocabulary, which he uses to examine a given space in a very personal and precise manner. In this way, Downsbrough frequently adopts written language in the form of conjunctions, prepositions, verbs and/or pronouns and applies them to walls, floors and ceilings, often in combination with taut lines made of black tape.

Words like ‘as’, ‘if’ or ‘but’ have a double function: on the one hand, they work as iconographic characters, which emphasize and reveal the space, while on the other hand they offer the viewer several possibilities of interpretation. Despite the impersonal nature of the elements, Downsbrough manages to create a very familiar word/image-universe with minimal interventions and a limited vocabulary.

Peter Downsbrough has had several solo exhibitions at international institutions, including Mies van der Rohe Haus, Berlin; Espace d’art contemporain, Lyon; S.M.A.K., Ghent; Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź; FRAC, Bourgogne, Dijon; BOZAR, Brussels; MAMCO, Geneva; Wide White Space, Antwerp; and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.

Downsbrough’s work was also included in numerous group exhibitions, such as Friendly Takeover at Marta, Herford; In the Face of Spatial Grandeur, Circuit (curated by Frédéric Chapon) at Centre d’art Contemporain, Lausanne; Less Is More: Pictures, Objects, Concepts from the Collection and the Archives of Herman and Nicole Daled 1966–1978 at Haus der Kunst, Munich; No Comments (curated by Guy Schraenen) at Museu Serralves, Porto; Mamco, Geneva; MACBA, Barcelona; MoMA, New York; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit.

His work is also present in many important collections, including The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Sammlung Marzona, Staatliche Kunstbibliothek zu Berlin; The Tate Gallery Library, London; Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon; FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque; MACBA, Barcelona; MAMCO, Geneva; and S.MA.K., Ghent.

Peter Downsbrough is represented by the following galleries;
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Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne

Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston

àngels barcelona, Barcelona

Galerie Martine Aboucaya, Paris

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