18 Wooster Street
Performances at 7 PM
Jeffrey Deitch announced the re-opening of his Wooster Street gallery with three evenings of performance by Eddie Peake. Eddie Peake’s work fuses painting, sculpture, and musical and dance performance. He creates an artistic experience that builds on the history of these media to make a completely contemporary statement. Inspired by Eddie Peake’s commission for Performa hosted by the Swiss Institute in the Wooster Street space in November 2013, Jeffrey Deitch invited Eddie Peake to inaugurate his new program.
Peake’s new work builds on a series of performances created over the last few years for numerous galleries and spaces, including Tate Modern, London (2012), Chisenhale Gallery, London (2012) and Performa, New York (2013). Articulating the complex strains of intimacy that develop between people, Eddie Peake developed a gallery-based performance in which the relationships between an ensemble are made palpable through a series of choreographed gestures and interactions. Developing his work in collaboration with his performers, Peake created episodic performances in which bodies might switch between being seen as sculptural objects or complex human subjects, and in which emotions such as desire, jealousy, shame or power are played out using surreal or unexpected signifiers such as colored body paints or animal costumes. Featuring original, devised musical compositions, this performance slowly built in energy, taking surprising twists and turns, and treaded a fine line between displaying bodies in order to invite casual voyeurism and working with them to initiate more direct forms of address.
Born in London in 1981, Eddie Peake graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2006, undertook a residency at the British School at Rome from 2008 to 2009, and in 2013 graduated from the Royal Academy Schools, London. Performance projects include The David Roberts Art Foundation (2012), The Tanks, Tate Modern (2012) Chisenhale Gallery (2012), The Royal Academy of Arts (2012), Cell Project Space (2012), Performa 13 (2013), Palais de Tokyo (2015), and most recently Eastside Projects (2016) and Tenuta Dello Scompiglio (2016). International solo exhibitions include Galleria Lorcan O’Neill, Rome (2015), Peres Projects, Berlin (2014), Southard Reid, London (2012) (with Prem Sahib), Focal Point Gallery, Southend (2013), and White Cube Sao Paulo (2013). Peake’s recent exhibition in the Barbican’s Curve Gallery, The Forever Loop (2016), was his largest and most ambitious to date.
Made in collaboration with Eric Berey, Ann Chiaverini, Emma Fisher, Tim Goalen, Gwilym Gold, Gareth Mole, Alexis Nuñez and Paolo Rosini.
Eddie Peake had a solo exhibition at White Cube, Hong Kong that opened 24th November 2016.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
+1 (212) 343-7300
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