Peter Peryer

Carcass

Carcass by Peter Peryer

Artwork Detail

Carcass is not a photograph of an actual beef carcass but a painted model of one. While one may gain this knowledge after close inspection of the image, it is not instantly apparent when one first sees this image. By ensuring that the photograph looks like a picture of a skinned animal on first sight, Peter Peryer ensures that it is the image which has the shock value; not the fact that it renders a painted model.

By employing uncertainty as part of the photograph’s raison d’etre, Peryer ensures that a tableau photograph seems to be an image of a ‘real’ New Zealand abattoir’s reality.

Title
Carcass
Artist/creator
Production date
2010
Medium
inkjet on paper
Dimensions
401 x 300 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with funds from the Elise Mourant Bequest, 2019
Accession no
2018/24/7
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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