My spatial works and installations comment on the dual nature of mankind. Smooth, shiny surfaces hint at influences of cubism and minimalism and give a feeling of modernist proficiency. However, the apparent order is disrupted by the organic, raw shapes and textures of stuffed animals, resin, horns, and bones. The natural upsets the culturally constructed order. The contrast between smooth and raw, order and chaos, culture and nature is inherent to mankind. We carry a ‘dark companion’ within ourselves. In my precise, carefully balanced sculptures I represent this tension between co-existing forces that clash and complement each other at the same time: an inner conflict between light and dark.
Peter Riss was born in 1962 in Kaufbeuren, Germany. He lives and works in Munich, Germany.
Featured image: Peter Riss – Dichotomic Leisure, 2014. Wood, Car finish, plaster. 39.4″ x 3.9″ x 4.7″. 100cm x 10cm x 12cm. Photo courtesy PotatoMike