From plate-spinning machines to walking drying racks to analog popcorn production, the focus of my interdisciplinary art practice in sculpture, installation, video, drawing and photography is the technically constructed object and its relationship to man. My playful yet poetic exploration of machine myth, functionality, production and consumption is expressed in large steel sculptures and objects. They are often abstruse yet working devices – an artistic attempt to simplify everyday life and accelerate function.
"The starting point of Gaby Peters' creative process is the movement of objects and machines. In early video works she repeatedly used automated toys, which in their pre-programmed state already create an illusion of human behaviour. [...] Her carefully crafted machines employ a minimalist formal language, as autonomous art objects and also as nihilistic machines with no anticipated output. In them, the understanding of machines as purposeful, functional and useful apparatuses is lost in the absurd. [...] Other works of the artist are more reduced and fragmented, like three-dimensional sketches in space. These different approaches to work show the diversity in the artist's œuvre: from anthropomorphized mechanical toys, to noncompliant machines, to sketchy prototypes: The focus of artistic interrogation is the technically constructed object and its relationship to man." (Arne Reimann, curator)