February 3, 2016 - The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago - Peter Wächtler: Secrets of a Trumpet
February 3, 2016

The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago

Peter Wächtler, Get on Board 2, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York.

Peter Wächtler
Secrets of a Trumpet
February 7–April 3, 2016

Opening: February 6, 4–7pm, with a reading by the artist at 5pm

The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago
Cobb Hall, 4th Floor
5811 S. Ellis Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60637
USA
Hours: Tuesday–Friday 10am–5pm,
Saturday–Sunday 12–5pm

renaissancesociety.org
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Peter Wächtler
Secrets of a Trumpet
February 7–April 3, 2016

Opening: February 6, 4–7pm, with a reading by the artist at 5pm

The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago
Cobb Hall, 4th Floor
5811 S. Ellis Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60637
USA
Hours: Tuesday–Friday 10am–5pm,
Saturday–Sunday 12–5pm

renaissancesociety.org
Facebook / Twitter

A lounging bronze crocodile, an oversized leather bandage, an animated rat singing Bruce Springsteen: Peter Wächtler's practice oscillates between the prosaic and the outlandish. The artist's fascination with pop culture—"I am attracted to bestsellers, page-turners, tearjerkers, blockbusters," he has written—is grounded in his attention to the frailty of everyday life. His works are neither ironic nor sentimental: though composed of familiar elements and executed in earnest, they acknowledge a limit to their ability to communicate, often to comedic effect.

Wächtler is a prodigious writer, and these texts inform the rest of his practice, which also includes drawings, sculptures, and film. The tales he spins—whether embodied in an object or relayed in prose or moving image—feature protagonists mired in various degrees of disquiet, melancholy, and ineptitude. Repetition is a key element, representing ongoing attempts by the characters, narrator, or even the artist himself to overcome the gap between intention and affect. The sympathy of the artist for his subjects and their travails is underscored by a homespun, heartfelt aesthetic.

At the Renaissance Society, Wächtler presents a new body of work, including watercolors, sculptures, and photographs. Secrets of a Trumpet is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States.

Peter Wächtler (1979, Hanover) lives and works in Brussels. He has recently had solo exhibitions at Reena Spaulings, New York (2014), Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster (2014), and dépendance, Brussels (2013). His work has been featured in numerous international group exhibitions, including 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience at the New Museum, New York (2015), the Liverpool Biennial (2014), La Biennale de Lyon 2013, and Pride Goes Before a Fall – Beware of a Holy Whore at Artists Space, New York (2013). A book of his texts, Come On, was published in 2013 by Sternberg Press.

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago is committed to supporting ambitious artistic experimentation, primarily through the commissioning of new works, and to fostering rigorous, interdisciplinary discourse. In addition to the exhibition program, this independent, non-collecting museum hosts lectures, concerts, performances, screenings, and readings, and regularly publishes catalogues and artist books. All of the Renaissance Society’s exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

This exhibition is supported by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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