Eddie Peake

Brown, 2012

Eddie Peake
Brown, 2012
Unique
35 x 50 cm

Special thanks to the artist and White Cube, London.

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About the Artwork

Eddie Peake’s work encompasses performance, video, photography, painting, sculpture and installation. Peake's main focus lies in the lapses and voids inherent in the process of translating between verbal language and nonverbal modes of communication. It is in the discrepancy between words and any other language, say, images, emotions, bodily movements or sounds, that his art is located. Peake’s work is an often-energetic spectacle in which the absurd and the erotic each find a place, and in which the artist plays a central role. 

While studying at the Royal Academy, Peake staged a naked five-a-side football match in Burlington Gardens where the two teams were differentiated only by their socks and trainers. As the work's title suggests, Touch (2012) addressed the inherent tactility and homoerotic exhibitionism that comes with contact sports. For Peake, the work was "a joyous event", but one that quickly became commonplace as the audience were habituated to the nudity of the players. 

About the Artist 

Eddie Peake was born in London in 1981 where he continues to live and work. He has exhibited internationally including solo exhibitions at White Cube, London (2018); Barbican Art Gallery, London (2015); and Focal Point Gallery, Southend, UK (2013). Selected group exhibitions include Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2018); Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2017); Zabludowicz Collection, London (2017); Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK (2016); Fondazione Memmo, Rome (2015); Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw (2013); and Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma (2012). His performance projects include the Fiorucci Art Trust Volcano Extravaganza, Naples and Stromboli (2017); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2014); Performa13, New York (2013); David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2012); The Tanks at Tate Modern, London in conjunction with the Chisenhale Gallery, London (2012); Royal Academy of Arts, London (2012); and Cell Project Space, London (2012).

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