Peter Riss creates spatial works and installations that 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.
Living and working in Munich, Germany, Peter creates precise, carefully balanced sculptures that represent the tension between co-existing forces that clash and complement each other at the same time: an inner conflict between light and dark. Peter was born in 1962 in Kaufbeuren, Germany.