Hans Peter Feldmann
Pair of shoes / Shoes with eggs
The types of objects Feldmann is interested in collecting into serial photographic grids or artist’s books are often also found in three dimensional installations. Verging on a form of fetichism, his shoe collections are a case in point and indeed, for some exhibitions, he even asked gallery employees for their shoes. Against authorship and the commodification of art, he never gives titles or dates to his works which have infinite edition possibilities.
The mode of display is paired down to the simplest form of a plain square plinth that nevertheless conveys artistry. The presentation contributes to the re-orientation and re-contextualization of these assembled found objects taken from everyday life. This work, like hat with photo and teapot with shadow also in the collection, could be imagined as a form suggestive of portraiture. Secondary autobiographical components are sometimes included: a set of eight black-and-white photographs of shoes, Ursula + Hans-Peter, stands for the artist and his wife with whom he worked in a gift store when he left the art world in the 1980s. The positioning of this female pair of shoes is clearly deliberate and meaningful as is the literal and playful mimetic association of snakeskin and quail’s eggs patterning.
Hans Peter Feldmann was born in 1941. He lives and works in Dusseldorf.