Oil-based alkyd enamel on plywood panel with cuts. this is a cut plywood wall relief sculpture with paint on it. This has an architectural quality to it.
Peter Wegner (born 1963) is an American artist whose works consist of painting, photograph, collage, prints, artist's books, and large-scale installations
Born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Peter Wegner earned his BA at Yale University. He works in multiple media, ranging from paintings and photography to large-scale installations and wall works. His pieces are included in major public and private collections worldwide. He currently lives and works in Berkeley, California.
A core theme in Wegner's work is color. Professor, author, and critic Eve Meltzer noted in a 2002 review that “color may be the… center” of his entire practice. The artist first began deconstructing the subject in the late 1990s with his "Remarks on Color" series, which used commercial paint chip samples as their starting point.
Another theme identified by experts is Wegner's engagement with architecture. For example, in his photography series "Buildings Made of Sky," Wegner reverses urban streetscapes to reveal how skyscrapers shape the open-air spaces between one another into skyscraper-like forms of their own. Wegner has also often pushed the construction of his works in an architectural direction, presenting paintings in the form of leaning columns, complex lattices, and multi-layered scrims. Huldisch noted that “[h]is stacks, grids, and lattice structures reveal both an interest in the forms of Minimalism and a rejection of the stringent doctrine that predicated them."
Wegner's early work focuses on everyday artifacts embedded in popular culture, including typography specimens (the basis for the "American Types" series), commercial paint chips (in the "Remarks on Color" series), and security envelopes (in the "Security" series). Wegner produced in 2005 the "Lever Labyrinth," a human-scale maze composed of 2.2 million sheets of stacked paper––all in various shades of green, creating columns of subtly gradating color––constructed inside the Lever House building.
In 2008, Wegner executed the major paper installation "GUILLOTINE OF SUNLIGHT, GUILLOTINE OF SHADE" at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The piece consisted of 1.4 millions sheets of die-cut paper in 40 hues, arranged to create two 12’ x 26.5’ x 7" color gradations inside the museum: a wall progressing from blue to yellow in one gallery, and a wall progressing from yellow to red in another.
Around this same time, Wegner introduced two new elements into his work: time and neon. He combined both in 2007 to create “THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING,” which included time-controlled neon signage showing the name, latitude, and longitude of every U.S. city that invokes the concept of nothingness. He has showed at William Griffin Gallery. The gallery has featured solo exhibitions by James Turrell, Richard Long, Robert Rauschenberg, David Lynch, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Tony Smith, Peter Wegner, Greg Colson, Liza Ryan and others. It has presented group exhibitions such as Early California Minimalism, a survey of significant early works by Robert Irwin, John McCracken, and Craig Kauffman; and Wall Installations, with works by Maya Lin, James Turrell, Richard Long, Robert Therrien, Teresita Fernández, Karin Sander, Peter Wegner, and Kira Lynn Harris. It has also presented projects of work by Richard Tuttle, Ana Mendieta, Donald Judd and Josef Albers.
Stanford University commissioned Wegner to create four permanent installations on the campus of its Graduate School of Business. Completed in 2011, the quartet includes two kinetic works and two static works. The kinetic pieces include "WAYS TO CHANGE" and "MONUMENT TO CHANGE AS IT CHANGES." The former is a wall-sized (171" x 216" x 8") glass, steel, and LED display depicting hundreds of adverbs programmed to illuminate in predetermined groupings on a continuous 90-minute loop.
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
The Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California
The J. Paul Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, California
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City
The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
The Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, Germany
The Museum of Modern Art, New York City
The Museum of Modern Art Library, New York City
The New York Public Library (Spencer Collection), New York City
The Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California
The San Jose Museum of Art, California
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California
The United States State Department, Kabul, Afghanistan
The Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
The Yale University Sterling Library Special Collection, New Haven, Connecticut
Wegner's work has been widely exhibited domestically and internationally. Solo exhibitions include the Leipzig Museum (Leipzig DE), Lever House (NYC), and The Bohen Foundation (NYC). In recent years, SFMOMA has showcased Wegner’s diverse body of work, exhibiting his photographic series Buildings Made of Sky and three large installations, notably The United States of Nothing.
Private collections with significant holdings of work by Wegner include The Panza Collection, Varese IT and Sammlung Rosenkranz, Berlin DE. Recent commissions include Wolfsburg Hauptbahnhof, Wolfsburg DE.