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An image of Doodlebug by Peter Peryer

Peter Peryer

(New Zealand 1941 – )

Media category
Materials used
gelatin silver photograph

35.6 x 54.0 cm image; 50.8 x 60.8 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated c. verso, pencil "Peter Peryer / 1994".
Purchased 1996
Accession number
© Peter Peryer
Not on display
Further information

Peter Peryer's photographs deal with the enigmatic and uncanny in a subtle and poetic way. Indeed, the artist does regard his photographs as poems, and that the layers of meaning which emerge through looking at the work is an important part of the subject matter.

This work is part of an ongoing body of work which Peryer has called 'Third Nature'. 'Third Nature' continues the artist's interest in the intimate relationships between the ordinary and eccentric; natural and man made objects; the metaphysical and mundane; history and the present. These relationships are never posed within the photographic frame as being anything other than complementary and overlapping.

'Doodlebug' 1994 is a mediation on war, Germany, and a child's eye view of what has become a museum piece.

Peryer spends a great deal of time thinking about and setting up each photograph. He will also travel great distances in order to find the right object to photograph. Consequently the number of images he produces each year is very small.

Bibliography (2)

Judy Annear, The Enigmatic Object, Sydney, 1997.

Peter Weiermair (Editor), Das mab der dinge [The measure of things], Zurich, 1998, illus..

Exhibition history (2)

The Enigmatic Object, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Apr 1997–22 Jun 1997

The measure of things (Das mab der dinge), Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, 07 Jun 1998–05 Jul 1998