ESSEX STREET
  • Peter Fend
    REBELS ARE REASONABLE, ESSEX STREET, New York, 2014
    Installation view
  • Peter Fend 
    KOREA, 2014 
    UV inkjet print on aluminum 
    12 x 18 inches

    Traditionally, Korea has divided into two slopes: to the Eastern Sea (Sea of Japan) and the Western Sea (Yellow Sea).  Do this again and we see the yin-yang image that all of Korea honors. In a new division comes a path beyond now-unsustainable north-south division: any peninsula cut across the middle begets conflict. The US has a responsibility here, extending back to when it "gave" Korea to Japan in 1905. Now it can promote research done with the Japanese (California) and Chinese (NY State) on post-fossil hydrocarbon industry, ideally suited for the two rocky, irregular coasts. The "Asian pivot" of the US does not need to be just military.  It could be economic, accelerating what has already been started by Korean scientists. (Analysis done for a North Korea-themed project in duel with Morten Traavik, 2012.)
  • Peter Fend 
    BELARUS, 2014 
    UV inkjet print on aluminum 
    12 x 18 inches 

    Most of the damage from Chernobyl impacts this country: we don't know yet the consequences in Evolution. The territory also hosts some of the most species-rich wilderness in Europe. Given that contaminants flow downstream, we can assess the country in its two main slopes: north, to the Baltic, heavily forested, green; south, to the Black Sea, swampier, with peat, red. The traditional Belarus decoration remains. Can traditional Belarus ecology be organized thus? If so, Europe could possess what Italian politician Gian Mario Spacca advocates, as do I: "macro-regione" for the Baltic Sea basin and the Black Sea basin, with implications for Russia and Ukraine. (Photographs made 1996, but by a Russian photographer, as visa for Fend in Moscow was denied.)
  • Peter Fend 
    UNITED KINGDOM, 2014 
    UV inkjet print on aluminum 
    12 x 18 inches

    Possibilities of Scotland separating from England (with what meaning?) leave the Union Jack out of date.  Maintain the general form, but draw on deeper reserves of history and meaning: the Isle of Man as a center, especially of ocean industry; the area of Hadrian's Wall, farthest limit of the Roman Empire, as an ancestral divide between Rome and the savage; England dominant, as the main cross, in line with Nelson's signal at Trafalgar: "England expects every man to do his duty."  The duty is to control and dominate in the "waves": blue. Now, emerging ocean industries, as described in New Scientist in July, become an all-British aim, in a new union.  (We could begin flying such a flag at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, in a cooperation with a native of Glasgow, where we discuss a deal called TEST WORKS for scientific and engineering testing of the designs in well-known 20th-century artworks, such as Spiral Jetty, Lightning Field, Dry Wells, Feather Ridge.)
  • Peter Fend 
    OCEAN COMES TO US, 2014 
    Video 
    3 minutes, 23 seconds (looped)
  • Peter Fend
    TREASON, 2014
    Vinyl decal on aluminum sign
    24 x 36 inches
  • Peter Fend 
    SOCIAL CHANGE, 2014
    Vinyl decal on aluminum sign 
    36 x 24 inches
  • Peter Fend
    DROUGHT, 2015
    Aluminum sign with vinyl decal
    42 x 28 x 1 inches (106.68 x 71.12 x 2.54 cm)
  • Peter Fend 
    HISTORY MADE BY ARTISTS, 2014
    Vinyl decal on aluminum sign 
    36 x 24 inches
  • Peter Fend 
    Über die Grenze: May Not Be Seen Or Read Or Done, ESSEX STREET, New York, 2012
    Installation view
  • Peter Fend
    Über die Grenze: May Not Be Seen Or Read Or Done, 2012
    Collage (color laserjet copies, b/w laserjet copies, magazine pages, maps), colored pencil, ink and architectural tape on paper 
    12 sheets, each sheet: 50 x 38 inches (127.00 x 96.52 cm)
    Dimensions variable
  • Peter Fend
    Uber die Grenze: May Not Be Seen Or Read Or Done, 2012
    Detail
  • Peter Fend
    Uber die Grenze: May Not Be Seen Or Read Or Done, 2012
    Detail
  • Peter Fend
    Über die Grenze: May Not Be Seen Or Read Or Done, 2012
    Detail
  • Peter Fend
    Über die Grenze: May Not Be Seen Or Read Or Done, 2012
    Detail
  • Peter Fend
    Über die Grenze: May Not Be Seen Or Read Or Done, 2012
    Detail
Maxwell Graham Gallery Valerie Snobeck Jason Loebs Caleb Considine Peter Fend