Hans- Peter Feldmann for first time presents his work in a solo exhibition in a London public gallery. For his Serpentine gallery exhibition, Feildmann presents works from throughout his career. Among the earliest works is a series of booklets titled Bilder, each consisting of a collection of photographs of everyday subjects or situations.His Times Series, produced during the mid-1970s, expanded upon this idea, chronicling the most banal situations effectively slowing down the passage of time. Feldmann makes use of the found object to produce works that he displays in simple and humorous ways. Towards the end of 1970s, he began painting readymade classical statuettes in bright, tawdry colours. The figures, full of humour evident in much of Feldmann’s work, playfully question the dream of ideal beauty on which traditions of Western art are based.
Feildmann’s appetite for amassing cultural artifacts is
demonstrated in a new work presented for the first time at the Serpentine Gallery. The artist purchased a number of ladies’ handbags along with their entire contents, filling museo-logical vitrines with credit cards, mobile telephones and address books, making passing fashions and life style choices the object of display and public discussion. Also seen for the first time at the Serpentine is Seascapes, a collection of 15 traditional oil paintings in conventional frames shown as a group.