Michiel Ceulers and Jorge Peris: Endangered Species

Bucharest

September 24 – December 5, 2020

Michiel Ceulers and Jorge Peris: Endangered Species
Installation View
Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, 2020
​Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers and Jorge Peris: Endangered Species
Installation View
Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, 2020
​Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers and Jorge Peris: Endangered Species
Installation View
Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, 2020
​Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers and Jorge Peris: Endangered Species
Installation View
Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, 2020
​Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers and Jorge Peris: Endangered Species
Installation View
Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, 2020
​Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers and Jorge Peris: Endangered Species
Installation View
Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, 2020
​Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers and Jorge Peris: Endangered Species
Installation View
Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, 2020
​Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers and Jorge Peris: Endangered Species
Installation View
Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, 2020
​Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers and Jorge Peris: Endangered Species
Installation View
Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, 2020
​Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers and Jorge Peris: Endangered Species
Installation View
Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, 2020
​Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers and Jorge Peris: Endangered Species
Installation View
Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, 2020
​Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers and Jorge Peris: Endangered Species
Installation View
Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, 2020
​Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers and Jorge Peris: Endangered Species
Installation View
Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, 2020
​Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers and Jorge Peris: Endangered Species
Installation View
Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, 2020
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers and Jorge Peris: Endangered Species
Installation View
Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, 2020
​Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers and Jorge Peris: Endangered Species
Installation View
Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, 2020
​Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers and Jorge Peris: Endangered Species
Installation View
Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, 2020
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers and Jorge Peris: Endangered Species
Installation View
Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, 2020
​Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers and Jorge Peris: Endangered Species
Installation View
Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, 2020
​Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers and Jorge Peris: Endangered Species
Installation View
Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, 2020
​Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers and Jorge Peris: Endangered Species
Installation View
Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, 2020
​Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers and Jorge Peris: Endangered Species
Installation View
Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, 2020
​Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Round brackets (also called parentheses, especially in American English), 2020
gloss paint, spray paint and oil on canvas
11.8 x 11.8 in
30 x 30 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Hunnefeier (Chickpea painting), 2020
gloss paint, spray paint and oil on canvas
15.75 x 15.75 in
40 x 40 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Dictionnaire français-anglais et moteur de recherche de traductions, 2019-2020
oil on canvas in artist made cardboard frame
16.5 x 14.2 in
42 x 36 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Die Welt des Kanarienvogels (The theory of the World), 2016-2020
gloss, spray paint, oil, glitter, and mirrors on wood
25.6 x 20 in
65 x 51 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
double-sided drawing / Camera Ready, Like a Dream, 2020
oil, acrylic, encaustic, mirrors and medium on wood in artist made frame of cardboard and Perspex
32.3 x 24.4 in
82 x 62 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
L'art est plagiat ou révolution, ce qui importe est le lien entre l'expression et la chose, 2020
Latex, spray paint, and oil on wood in artist made cardboard frame
20 x 18 in
51 x 46 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Corpse After Negating Visual Art Strategies (C.A.N.V.A.S.), 2020
acrylic, spray paint and oil on wood, wooden bar, artist made Styrofoam frame, cadapac and caulk
22.8 x 20.5 in
58 x 52 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Schwules Babys / Liza Minelli est une traîtresse, 2017-2020
oil, encaustic, acrylic, caulk, staples on milk cardboard on wood
19 x 28.15 in
48.5 x 71.5 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Une allégorie du ready-made où les artistes qui peignent abandonnent leurs pinceaux pour choisir des objets du quotidien comme le peigne (DA DA DA.), 2020
oil, encaustic, spray paint, combs, and caulk on wood in artist made Styrofoam frame
23.25 x 18.1 in
59 x 46 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Section 215 is the canary in the coalmine, 2020
oil, acrylic, spray paint on wood, mirror in artist made cardboard and Styrofoam frame
19.7 x 19.3 in
50 x 49 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Boots the House down / the wall have ears, 2020
gloss paint, mirrors, collage on wood; artist cardboard frame
21.25 x 28.35 in
54 x 72 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Schildkröten Knochen / Turtle Bones (négation par traduction), 2018-2020
gloss paint, posca marker, wood on canvas and wood
33.8 x 29.7 in
86 x 75.5 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Prélude à l'Après-midi d'un faune (Born Slippy), 2017
plastic lids, screws, lacquer, and canvas on wood frame
26.4 x 23.6 in
67 x 60 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Painting as a surface to bounce one back into the world (rejection), 2018
acrylic sign painting, screws, varnish, oil on wood
21.65 x 19.7 in
55 x 50 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
die Geschichte, wie die industrielle Brauerei in Brüssel ankam und wie sie wieder abreiste, 2018-2020
gloss paint, mirrors, and oil on canvas on wood
60 x 52 in
152.4 x 132 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Sisters of Mercy + Special Guest: Therapy?, 2017
Dymo strips, screws, tape, paper and latex on canvas in artist cardboard frame
19.3 x 59 in
49 x 150 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Der Satellit des Jupiter, der schönste aller Sterblichen, 2020
acrylic, oil and gloss paint on wood and cardboard, stuffed teddy bear in artist made cardboard frame
23.6 x 23.6 in
60 x 60 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
The return of the dead mother with new problems, 2017-2020
oil, spray paint and collage on wood in artist made cardboard frame
22.5 x 21.6 in
57 x 55 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
internationale Gemeinschaft für gegenseitige Hilfe, 2017-2020
gloss paint, caulk, and cardboard on Styrofoam canvas on wood
31.5 x 25.6 in
80 x 65 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Time to Sing Like a Canary / John Travolta in cage, 2018-2020
gloss, acrylic, oil, metal lids, found objects on wood inserted in canvas frame
59 x 47.25 in
150 x 120 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Hans Ulrich Obrist und die Lubetkin Penguin Pool, 2020
oil, gloss paint, mirrors, Styrofoam and medium on canvas
39.4 x 27.5 in
100 x 70 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Exorcism of overdue whimsy / post modern archetype, 2018-2020
gloss, acrylic, oil, caulk on wood and canvas inserted in canvas frame
49.25 x 47.25 in
125 x 120 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Lotto gelük, 2018-2020
oil on canvas in artist made cardboard frame
20 x 17.75 in
51 x 45 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Le fils de John Lennon habillé comme une femme (Chickpea painting), 2018-2020
oil on canvas in artist made cardboard frame
20.9 x 23.6 in
53 x 60 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Title VII, 2020
acrylic, latex, oil, and lids on canvas on wood in artist made cadapac frame
23.6 x 23.6 in
60 x 60 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Autoportrait avec des sous-vêtements de merde et l'île Maurice bleue / Bleibild, 2010-2017
reclaimed sign painting, dispersion on canvas
118.1 x 78.75 in
300 x 200 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Von den kanonischen Figuren, die noch unter dem Abstrakten Expressionismus in einen Topf geworfen werden, ist Reinhardt einer der wenigen, zu denen ich mich verbunden fühle, 2010-2017
reclaimed sign painting, dispersion on canvas
118.1 x 78.75 in
300 x 200 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Les Premiers Jours du Printemps, 2010-2017
reclaimed sign painting, dispersion on canvas
118.1 x 78.75 in
300 x 200 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Drei minimale sculpturen in raum, 2018-2020
gloss paint, mirrors, collage on wood in artist made cardboard frame
20.9 x 23.6 in
53 x 60 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Pearl hunder Malerei, 2020
gloss paint, spray paint and oil on canvas on cardboard
10.25 x 14.6 in
26 x 37 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Pearl thrown random in a space, 2020
gloss paint, spray paint and oil on canvas
17 x 21 in
43 x 53 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Buchstabieren jeder Buchstabe, 2020
gloss paint, caulk, Styrofoam, and gummy letters on canvas on wood in artist made cardboard frame
31.5 x 25.8 in
80 x 65.5 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
The Last Song / Boy Blue / Together Again / Three letters took him to his final resting place (TLC Waterfalls), 2020
latex, gloss paint, oil, wood, Perspex, and gummy letters on canvas
31.5 x 23.6 in
80 x 60 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Paris Latino / ABC Rio / Riot (Run Run), 2018-2020
acrylic sign painting, screws, varnish, oil on wood
29.5 x 23.6 in
75 x 60 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Michiel Ceulers
Study for Kleiner Akt (Captagon), 2010-2017
reclaimed sign painting, dispersion on canvas
118 x 157.5 in
300 x 400 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Jorge Peris
Quemàndose el alma, 2020
iron, salt, glass, rope, plastic, acids, wine, water, seeds, tree root
288 x 236 x 193 in
730 x 600 x 490 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Jorge Peris
Quemàndose el alma, 2020
(detail view)
Photo Dan Vezentan

Jorge Peris
Quemàndose el alma, 2020
(detail view)
Photo Dan Vezentan

Jorge Peris
Quemàndose el alma, 2020
(detail view)
Photo Dan Vezentan

Jorge Peris
Quemàndose el alma, 2020
(detail view)
Photo Dan Vezentan

Jorge Peris
Tribute to Gaudi, embarrased at dawn after a crazy party in Bucharest, 2020
mixed media sculptural installation
63 x 86.5 x 90.5 in
160 x 220 x 230 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Jorge Peris
Tribute to Gaudi, embarrased at dawn after a crazy party in Bucharest, 2020
(detail view)
Photo Dan Vezentan

Jorge Peris
Tribute to Gaudi, embarrased at dawn after a crazy party in Bucharest, 2020
(detail view)
Photo Dan Vezentan

Jorge Peris
Tribute to Gaudi, embarrased at dawn after a crazy party in Bucharest, 2020
(detail view)
Photo Dan Vezentan

Jorge Peris
Tribute to Gaudi, embarrased at dawn after a crazy party in Bucharest, 2020
(detail view)
Photo Radu Caraion

Jorge Peris
Tribute to Gaudi, embarrased at dawn after a crazy party in Bucharest, 2020
(detail view)
Photo Radu Caraion

Jorge Peris
Femur, Andreea, 2020
bronze
17 x 44 x 17 in
43.2 x 111.75 x 43.2 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Jorge Peris
Fèmur, bastòn, 2020
bronze
dimensions variable
Photo Dan Vezentan

Jorge Peris
Tres, femur, 2020
bronze
7.9 x 48.8 x 7 in
20 x 124 x 17 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Jorge Peris
Tres, femur, 2020
(detail view)
Photo Dan Vezentan

Jorge Peris
Nocturna para Onorina, 2020
terra-cotta, glass, clay, salt, copper sulfate, wine, oysters, bone, water
130 x 86.5 x 141.75 in
330 x 220 x 360 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Jorge Peris
Nocturna para Onorina, 2020
(detail view)
Photo Dan Vezentan

Jorge Peris
Nocturna para Onorina, 2020
(detail view)
​Photo Dan Vezentan

Jorge Peris
Nocturna para Onorina, 2020
(detail view)
​Photo Dan Vezentan

Jorge Peris
El Rincon de Mihai, 2020
graphite, ceramic, rubber, glass, copper sulphate, e-cigarettes, turkey feathers
125 x 100 x 140 in
317.50 x 254 x 355.6 cm
Photo Dan Vezentan

Jorge Peris
El Rincon de Mihai, 2020
(detail view)
Photo Dan Vezentan

Press Release

Toward the end of the Anthropocene, a perfect virus forced humans to physically isolate themselves from one another. While fires scorched the earth and hurricanes and rising temperatures flattened and flooded it, the dominant species instead focused inward, searching for confirmation that all of this was happening for a reason, and that they could not only save their livelihoods, but achieve spiritual salvation in doing so. What will redeem us when science preaches an irreversible entropy of our own making, they cried into the polluted, disease-ridden atmosphere. 

 

The earth answered: more pestilence, more destruction.

 

Endangered Species is an exploration of the way things were just before The End became recognizably imminent. Michiel Ceulers and Jorge Peris are ghost sharks, Invisible Men foraging through the darkness after the electricity runs out. Ceulers’ sculptural, Rube Goldberg-ian mousetraps would be comically cruel if they were functional in the least; they become relics of extinct belief structures in their immediate obsolescence. His wall-bound works are bricolages of found objects, acrylic paint, and partially remembered idioms. A canary in the coalmine may well be a living buffer from unseeable invaders, but it is also a charming companion. Peris creates the coalmine itself, repurposing modernist pots and furniture into shelters and altars, reminding us that the modern is already ancient history when salt stalactites are leaking through the ceiling and the floor is littered with the fossilized bronze bones of one’s former companions.

Michiel Ceulers (b. 1986, Waregem, Belgium) lives and works in Ghent, Belgium and Berlin, Germany. Ceulers graduated from the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam in 2011. Recent exhibitions include Michiel Ceulers and Jorge Peris: Endangered Species, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest (2020); A Fair Proposal, Barbara Seiler, Zurich, Switzerland (2019); Wenn es zittert wie ein Ente, DASH, Kortrijk, Belgium (2017, solo); LAURA (Ein bisschen Schnitzel in Magen war mir lieber als ein Vogel in den Himmel), Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2015, solo); ’The man who mistake his wife for a hat,’ Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam (2014, solo); 'Der Charme einer vorbeigehenden Frau steht in der Regel in direktem Verhältnis zu dem Tempo ihres Ganges,' Nogueras Blanchard, Madrid (2014, solo); Rien de plus qu'un théâtre d'idées fluctuantes et des échos de développements future, Arts Club, London (2014, solo); Wenn Kneipen-Debatten als Kritik zählen, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles (2013, solo); In-Discipline, Bonnefanten museum Roermond, Roermond, Holland (2013); een être ET ne pas en être, GeM - Museum voor Actuele Kunst, The Hague (2013); Rasterfahndung, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart (2012). 

 

Jorge Peris (born Alzira, Valencia, 1969) lives and works in El Palmar, Valencia, Spain and Bucharest, Romania. Recent exhibitions include Dark Man a lomos del Pájaro de Fuego, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Valencia (2020, solo); Michiel Ceulers and Jorge Peris: Endangered Species, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest (2020); On the Ground, Luis Adelantado, Valencia, Spain (2020); Pineal Eye Infection, curated by Aaron Moulton, Seasons, Los Angeles (2020); Adam’s Resurrection, Sandwich Gallery, Bucharest, Romania (2019, solo); Al norte de la tormenta, MAXXI Museum, Rome, Italy (2019); Art Contemporani de la Generalitat Valenciana, Peça 19, Museum of Fine Arts of Castelló, Castelló, Spain (2019); Our Lady of the Flowers, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest (2018); The Hierophant, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest (2017); and Olmo 2017, Luis Adelantado, Valencia, Spain (2017, solo).