21 Nov 2020 –
28 Feb 2021
Peter Fend’s second exhibition at Galerie Barbara Weiss, brings together a group of works — both historical and newly made — that refer to birds as an inspiration and a vehicle for ecological renewal. The large-scale installation Urban Extrusion, 2004, pursues the practical and ecological potential of transforming urban waste into artificial feathers, which can rehabilitate ecosystems when they are then scattered back into nature. Five new Flyway Drawings by the artist map the migratory paths of birds over vast bodies of water, borders and hemispheres, marvelling at their endurance and suggesting a less territorial understanding of the world.
For more than 40 years, Peter Fend has expanded the boundaries of how artistic practice can relate to society and, moreover, the world that society inhabits. His unique approach melds research, architecture, art history, activism and business acumen to propose ecologically responsible solutions to real world problems. Through his work across mediums, Fend works to spark discussion amongst policy-makers, corporations and individuals in a manner that transgresses the context of art.