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Formation 1

Formation 1

Peles Empire
Formation 1

2013

Digital print on paper

275 x 440 cm
Peles Empire is a collaborative artistic project consisting of two artists, Katharina Stöver and Barbara Wolff, whose work takes its consistent source (and name) from a single site: a lavish nineteenth century castle in Romania.
For Formation, the artists used the Grand Armoury in Peles Castle as their original source; the shining metallic surfaces of the armour, as well as the room’s distinctive chessboard floor, can be discerned, but only just. The image itself is never fully disclosed: as though seen through the flickering glitches of a corrupted image file, the armoury appears only in glimpses, its spatial depth reduced to an abstracted flatness. By inverting the armoury’s threedimensional space – best represented in its patterned floor, like the recessive pattern of a Renaissance painting – the images return the live experience of an historical space to the mediated one of contemporary visual overload.
Formation 7

Formation 7

Peles Empire
Formation 7

2013

Digital print on paper

275 x 440 cm
This, then, is the past seen in terms of the present. The images – Formation 1 and 7 – are digital prints, blown up to an almost architectural scale; by doing so, that tension between spatial occupations – actual and imagined – is charged with energy. Our struggling to make the image cohere parallels what we do with our idea of the past: we strain to make it click. Confronted with images that taunt us with potential completion, our experience is both distant and close, removed and teasingly intimate.

Text by Ben Street

Peles Empire's BIOGRAPHY

Peles Empire
Katharina Stöver born in 1982, Germany
Barbara Wolff born in 1980, Romania
Both live and work in London, UK



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2014
GAK, Bremen, Germany

2013
JETCEM The Schtip, Sheffield
F X G Glasgow Sculpture Studios, curated by Kyla McDonald
Re-construct Frischzelle 18, StuttgarterKunstmuseum
FORMATION Cell Project Space, London

2012
RE:PELES Mews Project space curated by Lindsay Jarvis

2011
CARMEN SYLVA Peles Empire at Sierra Metro, Edinburgh

GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2013
OBJECTNESS, Outpost Members Show (selection)
Open Heart Surgery Moving Museum, London
Realities and Constructed Factual Sheffield
Upcoming Exhibitionsabc Berlin
Echo Release, NassauischerKunstverein Wiesbaden
The reconstitution…Shanaynay, Paris
ICA Off-Site London
V22 Collection Show London
Open Plan eighty one gallery
NUR HIERBundeskunsthalle Bonn, Germany

2012
YOUNG LONDON V22
BOLD TENDENCIES 6 London
MINSTREL & CHRONICLE group show, Hannah Barry Gallery, London
Entrance, entrance group show, Temple bar gallery, Dublin
No More Icons, group show, Rod Barton gallery off site, London

2011
NEW CONTEMPORARIES ICA London, S1 Space Sheffield
3D 2D 3D 2D curated by Peles Empire, with: Shannon Bool, Tomas Downes, Andrew Mealor, Karl Orton, Giles Round at Camberwell Space, London
NOROC Frieze Projects, London

2009
TRANSFORMATION SPACE, Deusche Bank, London
SPACE REVISED GAK, Bremen