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PETER LASZLO PERI

ARTIST STATEMENT

1965

My artistic activities go back to 1918. I lived at that time in Berlin and started as an expressionist painter and sculptor. Later, I was among the first artists who developed and propagated constructivist art.

My first exhibition of constructivist art was held in 1922 in the Sturm Gallery, together with my Hungarian fellow countryman Moholy-Nagy.

I worked as a constructivist artist until 1924. In 1925 turned to architecture since I believed that the results & experiments of constructivism could best be used & developed in architecture.

 

My interest in people, the way they live and their relationships to each other was so strong that architecture did not satisfy me and since 1929 I have returned to representational art. The significance of my representational painting and sculpture is: that it follows constructivism, i.e. using all the knowledge I gained through abstract art.

Working and living in London since 1933, I never separated my work from my constructivist experiments and l continued to search for new mediums and to use new techniques in painting and sculpture. I started in 1920 to use concrete, not casting but modelling direct in the wet concrete, figures, coloured reliefs and paintings. I have been working in polyester resin and fibreglass since 1955.

The influence of abstract art since 1920 has been most decisive in architecture, interior design and in the design or every sort of industrial product; in short, in the shaping of our surrounding world.

But one thing abstract art cannot do. It can never give the emotional experience which good representational art does. Hardly ever can it be more than arts and crafts.

There is not one abstract painting or sculpture produced over the last thirty years which ever came near to the emotional and aesthetic impact of the works of the great masters of the past. Since we have not ceased to be emotionally involved, say, by a Rembrandt or Van Gogh picture, by a Goya etching or by a Donatello sculpture, it would be a retrograde development of the human race if our artistic enjoyment were to be limited to enjoy only colour & shape harmonies or contrasts, bombastic gimmicks or colour & shape patterns. All that is only glorified arts and crafts and very much dated.

Art is created for the benefit of the people. The subjects of people's lives and their relationship to each other is not exhausted yet and never will be.

New materials, new techniques have to be experimented with to be able to express our life in a new way.

It is the people who will always remain the main subjects of the arts, since it is the people who are making history.

Peter Laszlo Peri, Laszlo Peter Peri, László Péri, Shaped Canvas, Constructivist Art, Hungarian Avant-Garde, Constructivism, Konstruktivismus Kuns, Berlin Dada, Artists International Association, New Objectivity, Neue Sachlichkeit

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