Power Alignments: A Conversation with Peter Downsbrough
by Robert Preece
Born in New Jersey in 1940 and based in Brussels since 1989, Peter Downsbrough has pursued a multifaceted practice featuring books (more than 75 since 1968), films, maquettes, photographs, sound pieces, wall pieces, and “room pieces,” which he calls “minimal stage sets.” Moved outdoors, these sculptural works take on additional resonance, or perhaps become lost in translation, depending on the viewer’s vantage point. In all of his work, Downsbrough plays with minimal artistic grammar, keeping a close eye on the language that artists can call their own—visual elements and principles of design. Yet, on closer inspection, his work reveals an abstract representation of the nature of things, including the fundamental building blocks of factional viewpoints and political form.
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