Dan Peterman

Kunstverein Hannover / Helga Maria Klosterfelde

Dan Peterman’s work comes from a brick building in Chicago (“the Building”), whose precincts housed a self-managed recycling yard, a bicycle repair shop, the publishers of a journal (The Baffler), a community service organization, and guest studios, as well as Peterman’s own work space. Peterman continually alternates between the production processes typical of the Building and those of the art industry. For example, the gray-greenish plastic from which he makes his variable object groups and which has become his signature was made there in the recycling center. After the Building burned down, on April 25, 2001, he documented the fire’s destructive effects in the series of photographs shown in Hamburg—this was Peterman’s first photographic exhibition—alongside meticulous detail shots, rescued from the flames, of rooms in the Building stuffed with recyclable found objects. The

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