Working in animated film, ceramics and drawing, Wächtler explores the introverted experience of labour, with his prolific writing and prose poems often providing source material. Through idiosyncratic imagery, which merges personal biography and fiction, Wächtler’s work presents a contemporary treatment of melancholia, employing comic absurdity in literary and cinematic modes.
Peter Wächtler (born 1979, Hannover) lives and works in Brussels and Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include 9, KIOSK, Ghent (2016); Secrets of a Trumpet, The Renaissance Society, Chicago (2016); Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster (2014); Reena Spaulings, New York (2014); dépendance gallery, Brussels (2013); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2013). Selected group exhibitions include Surround Audience, New Museum Triennial, New York (2015); A needle Walks into a Haystack, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool (2014); Meanwhile... Suddenly and Then, Lyon Biennale (2013); Pride Goes Before a Fall – Beware of a Holy Whore, Artists Space, New York (2013). Sternberg Press published a collection of Wächtler’s texts in 2013, entitled Come On.