World Works, 2013
World Works is a biographical archive, a visual search for knowledge and beauty, evoking questions about the movement of time and my changing consciousness during the past 60 years of my existence. All of us have a different story to tell about the same period of time, although we share similar human experiences, see what is happening around us, hear the same music; in short: we recognize society as such.
I started this project in 2011, exposing my life by means of memories, photo’s, letters, my art projects, family and friends, internet (old newspapers) and combining these.
I go through my archives, I take pictures, I scan, photocopy, use photo’s from the internet and films, I cut and paste, combining everything so as to connect my own life with the world of others.
World Works unravels the sixty years of my life as a complex whole that unveils my esthetic preferences, thus evoking questions about what touches, fascinates and provokes me. Things I want to share with others.
Eventually this will become one big chronological archive. I will stop adding and collecting for this project at 24:00 o’clock on December 31st 2013, my 60th birthday.
At the moment (beginning of December 2013) I have more than 300 collages, measuring 61x 95 cm, 14 of which are books, 3 bound, containing all 300 collages at a quarter of the original format.
Addition of large collages, books on this project, as well as the internet version of World Works will be further elaborated in 2014/15.
For Peter Spaans as an individual, the city has been an essential and continuing motif for his work. The contours and specific shapes of big city architecture are refined into taut compositions of shifting, translucent color planes, or fashioned into hard edged, resolutely minimal shapes photographs focus on the quotidian aspects of the city. Shot straight on, circulatory systems like railway storage yards, city bridges, utilitarian buildings, store fronts, and undistinguished apartment buildings are not exactly picturesque. In mixed media, photography, video, painting, sculpture, text, installations, silcscreen, etching, books, magazines. See more at: http://unconart.com/