Peter Downsbrough – kathmandu triennale

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Postcards are a medium which Peter Downsborough has been using since the 80’s. For the Kathmandu Triennale, Peter has been making minimal interventions with words and lines on postcards from Kathmandu. The postcard is seen as an architectural space which the artist reorganizes. The words have no meaning in itself, but function as connectors. Further on the artist, he has specially designed a site-specific installation for this space of the Taragaon museum. The same elements, lines and words, are used to reconfigure the cylindrical space. Peter Downsborough is an artist which can be seen as belonging to the conceptual art. His artistic language is characterized by an objective, rigid vocabulary. The viewer absorbs the elements he or she sees, and complements the work.



The sculptor and photographer Peter Downsbrough creates spatial interventions with a minimalist visual vocabulary of letters and lines. Using adhesive black letters to form words, and adhesive cloth tape to form lines, Peter Downsbrough applies them to walls, floors, and ceilings, playfully responding to existing architecture, reconfiguring spaces, and subverting the conventional logic of these linguistic elements. His installation GAUGE/OT (2009) features the word “Gauge” printed vertically and sliced down the middle, its mirror image adhered to an adjacent wall; the other half of it runs along the inside of a tilted rectangle. “The word for me is an object,” he has said. “It has both a precise and a vague meaning. It is a universe one is confronted with.” He also produces artist books composed of text, line drawings, maps, and photographs of urban space.