Lachenmann Art Frankfurt Hinter der Schönen Aussicht 9 60311 Frankfurt am Main
Peter Vink ENGBorn in 1974 in Bilt (The Netherlands), Peter Vink graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Renowned for his temporary and permanent installations in public or privately owned spaces, he regularly receives commissions from public institutions, such as the Dutch Government Building Department.Peter Vink has the extraordinary ability of understanding space, manipulating it and transforming it into something new and previously unseen. His temporary atelier is the place he is working on, his interventions highlight (in both the literal and metaphorical meaning of the word) and bring to attention elements of that particular space that were previously unseen by the eye of the viewer and, often, taken for granted and blank out by its mind.
The artist ́s work is site-specific and his visual manipulation of the location underlines the architectural elements of it, amplifies its appearance with a game of scale, sometimes reduced and subdued in size, sometimes amplified and overextended with respect to the dimensions of the setting. Architectural, minimal and innovative, Peter Vink and his lights understand the spirit of a site and bring it to a new life, reinvented and rediscovered.
With the exhibition “100”, Peter Vink offers to the visitors an immersive light installation that highlights the vertical elements of the gallery ́s basement. The title “100” is a celebration of the one hundred lines formed by his work and is a nod to the slang meaning of the word “to be real; to stay true; to be straight”.This authenticity and straightness can be read in this light installation, that as is characteristic of his works, has been created and produced for this exact space. The nine pillars present in the basement become the foundation for the artwork: their corner is lined by aluminum profiles with LED strips and, to these nine existing pillars, the artist will optically multiply them by adding sixteen more formed only by the aluminum profile and the lights, for a total of twenty-five. This landscape of one hundred lines will be given rhythm and will be computer controlled by the artist, creating a symphony of light movements that will celebrate not only the gallery itself but also the city of Frankfurt, symbolized in the collective imagination by its skyscrapers glowing with their lights. Particularly interesting is that on this occasion Peter Vink chooses as the main character of its installation one element of the space that is usually overlooked and filtered by our eyes and mind while taking in the whole floor. Usually an element of disturbance, these same pillars become now the starting point for this game of lines and lights and are being emphasized for their architectonic qualities, the space is now dominated by them with a positive accent and loose their antagonistic qualities.
Usually each one of his works is created and thought for that exact space and location and one couldn't live without the other. With his work “Tetterode”, Peter Vink turned this specificness and reversed its meaning and concept. “Tetterode” is the first of his works that he shows outside the context of the original space while maintaining its site-specific quality. Created for the Tetterode residential building in Amsterdam, this light object takes its form from the design of the marble pavement of the building that, with its T shape, it's a wink to the main letter of the building ́s name but also to its past history, being previously theTetterode the site of a type foundry. Each element of the art object consists of twenty-two light lines in aluminum profiles: each line varies in light intensity in order to provide the image with spatial illusion and this is also a reference to the printing industry.
This artwork is going to be accompanied by 5 printed sketches, a first in the artist's career.