ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Amsterdam

The drawings of *Peter Feiler (DE Halle an der Saale, 1981)* are known for their controversial subject matter. He presents dark scenes that incorporate simple narrative elements. These scenes explore the border between the visual world and fantasy. The notable aggression and perversion exhibited by the figures in his drawings is balanced by his use of soft colouring and fragile lines. In wishing to explore the intricacies of his hand, the viewer is sucked into the drawing upon which the macabre aspect of the work comes to the fore. Peter Feiler’s work is included in esteemed collections such as that of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam. *Christiaan Zwanikken (NL Bussum, 1967)* creates kinetic works of remarkable ingenuity from found animal skulls and bones. He transforms these parts into moving mechanical sculptures and installations. Their composite natural and mechanical make-up gives these figures their own unique character. *_How A Dead Hare Explains Paintings_* is an example of this and with an accompanying projection from film-maker *Jarred Alterman* this work also gains a narrative structure. Aside from this Zwanikken also produces non-skeletal installations. The work *_Hydromats_*, which will be shown in the gallery’s project slace, is an example of this. Three imposing glass water reservoirs come alive in sound and movement, reacting to the viewer in the space. Just as his other works, this piece exhibits its own unique behaviour and character. *PREMIERE* Zwanikken’s latest work *_Boar Suit Exoskeletal_* will be premiered at the opening of this exhibition on Saturday the 19th of January (5 to 7 pm). This piece has all the hallmarks of Zwanikken’s work yet also exudes a performative streak. In February the work will be presented at the Kinectic Art Fair in London. During this show there will be a presentation of work from the photographer and filmmaker *Jan Hoek*. From the 25th of January he will also have an exhibition in *FOAM Photography Museum*, Amsterdam.

ABOUT Christiaan Zwanikken

Dutch artist Christiaan Zwanikken creates kinetic works of remarkable ingenuity from found animal skulls and bones. He transforms these parts into moving mechanical sculptures and installations. Their composite natural and mechanical make-up gives these figures their own unique character. He breeds these new species in a 400-year-old monastery located in a remote village in Portugal. He also works in Amsterdam and New York.

His work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally and can be found in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Gasunie collection, Netherlands Media Art Institute and numerous other public and private collections.

Zwanikken’s installations are like interactive Wunderkammers, configurations of hybrid, techno-animalistic figures, that come to ‘life’, responding to the viewer and to each other. Zwanikken plays nature – against artificial – against viewer removing any authoritative role: his hierarchy is governed by a different order. Due to the unpredictability of the computer-aided elements, it is not certain who responds to whom, and who is looking or being looked at.

By making technology seem to be ‘out of control’, Zwanikken ironizes the hype around interaction in media art and the illusion of smooth-running communications. As a rule his installations demonstrate human or animal conduct and thus serve as a handle for investigating and critiquing nature and behavior. His fusion of organic and inorganic materials mashed with interactive technology demonstrates the evolution and de-evolution of sculpture in the twenty-first century.

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