Limited print-edition of an original digital drawing.
In a playful and experimental way Kriesel lets the viewer dive into a magical, almost wondrous world. At the same time, he confronts the observer with the absurdity of the real world of data flow, the attraction – as well as the overflow of information – of a world full of violence and frustration, but also absurdities and humorous extravagance.
The observer can get lost in his pictures, very often finding multiple different scenes. These “Wimmelbilder”/Swarm paintings/Teeming paintings” cannot be deciphered at first sight –as the viewer can always find new topics and things/objects. This visual surfeit is Kriesel’s translation of the current flood of images, videos, opinions and information that arise through television and, especially, the Internet. Like in his “Grimace carpets”, one piece of work can contain extremely dark worlds, and at the same time funny and absurd situations.
This clash, which Kriesel observes in the real world and which has so much influence in his work, is identified by him as defective (“Defectivism”).
In the surreal representations of his “Grimaces” Kriesel intends to confront the defective and distorted state of the world.
Quirky figures, fearful face expressions and ruined livelihoods, as well as funny-looking, smiling caricatures are brought to the paper or canvas with fine lines but a gestural manner of painting. “These “Fratzen” are also the “Grimaces” that we are confronted with in Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and the other ‘communities’ as well as in television. They grin at us from all over the place, be it Big Brother, any Talent show or from ‘I’m a Celebrity, get me out of here!’”.
Kriesel calls “Grimaces” that merge into each other “Grimace carpets”. Here all these different grotesque grimaces become a unit. A grimace can thus look deeply unhappy and at the same time laugh somehow angrily. According to the artist this also reflects our society, which on the one hand “functions” well –that is, is able to offer good entertainment–, but on the other causes pain.
Peer Kriesel shows his state of shock with this crazy world and his internal conflict in accepting it painting, drawing or blotting his “grimaces” almost uninterruptedly.
He is looking for the perfect, absolute grimace, that is, –according to the artist–: one that “embodies the total emotion, the absolute power”.
fine art ink jet print on paper