Petrus Wandrey (1939 - 2012)

Lot 84: Petrus Wandrey (1939-2012), Digi Art Mask, 2007

Auctionata Paddle8 AG

April 16, 2014
Berlin, Germany

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Description: Large-format color silkscreen on canvas
Germany, 2007
Petrus Wandrey (1939-2012) - German artist
Titled, inscribed, signed and dated 'DIGI ART PRINT, E.A., Petrus Wandrey, 2007' as well as titled, inscribed, signed and dated and inscribed with medium and dimensions on the stretcher
Overall dimensions, framed: 178.5 x 134.5 cm
Good condition
Provenance: Private collection Lower Saxony
An imposing work by the German artist, whose themes seem more relevant than ever in today's computer age; in June 2014 a major retrospective with the title 'Digitalism Art - die geniale Welt des Petrus Wandrey' is scheduled to open in the Spandau Citadel in Berlin

The present work by Petrus Wandrey (1939-2012) was created in 2007and depicts a face composed of microchips, circuit boards and other computer parts. The 'digitized' face of a woman stands out in bold colors before the blue background. The distinctive contours are reminiscent of the shapes of Mayan and Aztec culture. The work is part of a series of masks, which the artist created since the late 1970s. Fascinated by the aesthetic appeal of electronic components, Wandrey uses the formal language of the digital era, creating compositions that illustrate our digital age par excellence.

The work is in good condition. The surface shows craquelé here and there. The canvas is titled, inscribed, signed and dated 'DIGI ART PRINT, E.A., Petrus Wandrey, 2007' on verso as well as titled, inscribed, signed and dated and inscribed with medium and dimensions on the stretcher. The narrow black frame shows minor wear. The framed work measures 178.5 x 134.5 cm, the stretcher frame measures 170 x 130 cm.

Petrus Wandrey (1939-2012)
Petrus Wandrey studied at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg and then at the Academy of Fine Arts. He worked in various media and created illustrations for record covers as well as newspapers and magazines. Inspired by Dali and Dadaism Wandrey's work initially showed a surrealist influence. Seeking his own formal language, he eventually found what he was looking for in the world of the early computer games. In 1978 Wandrey proclaimed his 'digitalism'. In subsequent years various groups of works, including of sculptures, assemblages and images, that combine art and technology emerged. Since the late 70s Wandrey participated in exhibitions at home and abroad. In 1999 the Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig honored the artist with a first retrospective. In June 2014 a major retrospective with the title 'Digitalism Art - die geniale Welt des Petrus Wandrey' is scheduled to open in the Spandau Citadel in Berlin.

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