PETER DE MEYER
°1981, Antwerp, Belgium
Peter De Meyer (°1981, Antwerp) is a close observer of his environment and investigates the complex process of observation and perception. A large part of his work starts from the idea that objects, ideas and situations carry a long history and evoke a range of associations, both in the individual and the collective memory. Through subtle interventions – inversions, combinations – and creations, De Meyer cuts across any predisposed expectations.
With his conceptual but narrative work, De Meyer puts the system of the art world into perspective. Although already subtly visible in some iconic older work – sold, one life left and coda – this type of relativism is becoming more prominent in his later pieces as a sculpture a day, covers and the road. Starting from the idea that art has the ability to criticize itself, De Meyer reflects in an ironic way on the invisible and prevailing codes and systems peculiar to the art world. Without sparing his audience, patrons or himself, the artist approaches the functioning of art galleries, the speculative character of the art market, the artwork itself and even his position as an artist, in a subversive way.