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Peter Fend

1950 Columbus, United States

2 Works exhibited

Current location

New York

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  • About the Artist
  • Curriculum Vitae

Peter Fend is an American artist born in 1950. In 1980, he founded Offices and the Ocean Earth Construction and Development Corporation with Colen Fitzgibbon, Jenny Holzer, Peter Nadin, Richard Prince and Robin Winters, which was "a corporation invented for a group of artists". In 1994, the organization changed its name to Ocean Earth Development Corporation (OCEAN EARTH).

The firm has come to be a vehicle for gathering authoritative evidence, as in detailed maps and satellite images, for what is described in the 1989 scientific conference "Global Monitoring and Assessments: Towards the 21st Century" as "ocean-basin monitoring and management." Precise maps mosaiced from aeronautical charts have been produced to include what UNEP documents call "land-based sources of pollution", or all possible terrain for drainage, for each regional sea. This would include, as shown in Documenta in 1992, the Black Sea, Baltic Sea, North Sea and both the entire Mediterranean Sea and subsets thereof, like the Adriatic.

The practice of basin mapping has been continued with bays, relying on an Irish law from 1959 defining "hydrometric areas" as any drainage basin for a bay including all bay waters extending out six miles beyond the outermost points of the bay. Such detailed hydrometric-area mapping has been conducted for the British Isles, New Zealand, Italy and parts of the Eastern Europe and both North and South America. Plans for the Adriatic Basin were presented in the Venice Biennale Aperto of 1993, under the label "Oil-Free Corridor." These were pursued further with "On Board", in the 1995 Biennial, curated by Jerome Sans—with action in the Venice Lagoon.

Specifics were presented in the Architecture Biennail of 2008. In 2000, he was part of the three person show Ecologies at the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago with Mark Dion and Dan Peterman. Each artist "explored interrelationships between organisms and their surrounding" and Fend's featured work was titled China Basin Plans: The River Dragon Breathes Fire.

Peter Fend was born 1950 in Columbus, Ohio. He lives and works in New York


BA, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota



Forse, pinksummer, Genova
Shadow Cabinet: A Loyal Opposition Response, Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, New York, New York

TO BE BUILT, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin

Lomonosov Furthered, with Shane Munro, LISTZ, Berlin

Über die Grenze: May Not Be Seen Or Read Or Done, ESSEX STREET, New York
WHAT TO DO NEXT, Peanut Underground Art Projects, New York

“Arab Springs”/ Atlantic Wealth: Trading Room, White Box / MA.P.S, New York
Ricchezza D’Italia, Galeria Cesare Manzo, Pescara

Situation Room, 391 Victoria Street, Hamilton, New Zealand

Situation Room: Technology Change Climate Stability, Arnolfini, Bristol

Elbegas, Galerie für Landschaftskunst, Hamburg

BET AND WIN: Way Out Too, Unit 2 Gallery, London

Parallel Projects: Proposals for Condoleezza Rice / Parallelprojekte: Vorschläge für Condoleezza Rice, Christian
Nagel, Berlin

Reverse Global Warming, Spacex, Exeter
One to Another (foreign policy proposal), American Fine Arts, New York
Correspondence, American Fine Arts, New York

Independence from Big Oil, Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council, Dublin
Proposals for Arabia, Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid

Global Gas / Super Gas, Ocean Earth vis-à-vis Superflex, Kunstruimte Wagemans, The Netherlands

Naval Action, Mars Gallery, Tokyo
Big Deal: Revival of the Americas, Nikolai Fine Art, New York
Sea Change, Spacex Gallery, Exeter
Ocean Earth: Policy Models, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford
Economic Potential, Roger Smith Gallery, New York

2000 RAPID: Post-Petroleum Gas Stations, Launching a Brand, American Fine Arts, New York
EURAFRICA/AMERICAS/MONDO, Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid
NEWS ROOM NEW YORK (Chaikin, Fend, Lehman, Lombardi, RR), Roger Smith Gallery, New York

Global Warming: A Rapid Response Remark, at Chelsea Exxon station, Nikolai Fine Art, New York
Chase Scene, American Fine Arts, New York

NEWS ROOM GRAZ, Kunst und Neue Medien, Steirischer Herbst, Graz

Spiral Ramp, Woodlawn Cemetery, The Bronx

Chernobyl Solutions, Steffany Martz Gallery, New York
Art Meets Science, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen

Landkraft/Swiss Split, Ars Futura, Zurich
Landkraft, Kunstlerhaus Palais Thurn & Taxis, Bregenz
Architecture for the 21st Century, Artspace, Sydney

Eurasian Scenario, Marc Jancou Gallery, London
Startbahn Oesterreich, Galerie Metropol, Vienna
Global Spiral, installation at Global Forum, G-Mex Centre, Manchester
Ocean Earth, Strauss & Adamopolous, Frankfurt
NEWS ROOM COPENHAGEN, with Globe, Copenhagen,

Strategie Globale: Giant Algae System for France, FRAC Poitou-Charentes, Angouleme
Habitus, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
OCEAN EARTH: FOR A WORLD WHICH WORKS, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum, Graz
NEWS ROOM PARIS, Galerie des Archives, Paris

Site Simulator, Tivat Bay, American Fine Arts, New York
Beach Party Deutschland, Galerie Esther Schipper, Cologne
Beach Party Yugoslavia, Riverside Studios, London
Documenta Flags, Galerie de Marseille, Marseille
Documenta Flags, Le Case D’Arte, Milan
Espace Circulant/Spinning Room, Galerie Roger Pailhas, Paris
Floriade, The Hague
Corse Divise, Assemblee Nationale, Paris
NICAF, Yokohama
Means to Wealth/Mittel und Wohlstand, Galerie Tanja Grunert, Cologne

Europa, Kunstraum Daxer, Munich
Beach Party, American Fine Arts, New York
NEWS ROOM STOCKHOLM, Galerie Nordenstad-Skarstedt, Stockholm
Salle du Monde, long-term installation at L’Hôpital éphémère, Paris

City of the Dead / Die Totenstadt, Galerie Tanja Grunert, Cologne
Cities as Bodies / Staedte als Koerper, Esther Schipper, Cologne
NEWS ROOM FRANKFURT, Institut fuer Neue Medien / Pavilion Varisella, Frankfurt
NEWS ROOM NEW YORK/NEWS ROOM AMSTERDAM, American Fine Arts, New York and Museum Fodor,
Progetto Adriatico, Le Case D’Arte, Milan
Einheiten, Galerie Ryszard Varisella, Frankfurt
Kleine Fragen, Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne

Completion of the War, American Fine Arts, New York
Global Monitoring and Assessments: Towards the 21st Century, Fondazione Cini, Venice

1988 BODY, American Fine Arts, New York
Peter Fend, Scott Hanson Gallery, New York
Art at the End of the Social, Rooseum, Malmo

Bacino Torbido, Museo Santa Barbara, Calabria

Image/Process, The Kitchen, New York

Space Force in Action, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf
Art of the State, The Kitchen, New York
Global System, Chase Manhattan Plaza, sponsored by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York

World Space: Political Economies After Oil, Peter Nadin Gallery, New York



EUtopia | 28, Museumcultuur Strombeek/Gent, Strombeek
Tomorrow Will Still Be Ours, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York
Aubades. Land Art for Aliens, Weiss Falk, Basel
Water Worlds #1, Centre international d’art et du paysage, Beaumont-du-Lac

World Made By Hand, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
Changing Circumstances: Looking at the Future of the Planet, FotoFest Biennial, Houston
History Made By Artists, C L E A R I N G, Brooklyn, New York
Tomorrow’s Man, Sheppard Contemporary, University Galleries, University of Nevada, Reno
You Cannot Do Nothing, Galerie Alte Schule, Berlin
Oceans After Nature, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
Politics of Nature, Fondazione Zimei, Pescara
Global Terror, Nagel Draxler Kabinett, Berlin
Mean Machine (Up Jumped the Devil), The Meeting, New York

Territories: Alighiero e Boetti and Peter Fend, Le Case D’Arte, Milan
Globale – Exo-Evolution, ZKM, Karlsruhe
The Fountainhead, Fondazione Zimei, Pescara
to expose, to show, to demonstrate, to inform, to offer: Artistic Practices around 1990, Mumok, Vienna
2050. A Brief History of the Future., Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium; travelling to Palazzo Reale
Dojima River Biennale 2015: Take Me To The River – currents of the contemporary, Dojima River Forum, Osaka
Anthems for the Mother Earth Goddess, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
Drawings | Fridges, Greene Exhibitions, Los Angeles
DUMP! Multispecies Making and Unmaking, Kunsthal Aarhus, Aarhus
Decolonized Skies, organized by High&Low Bureau, ADN Platform, Barcelona
For Troedsson Villa, curated by Tam Ochiai and Anne Eastman, Troedsson Villa, Nikko
ECO-TAX, Cannonball and Dimensions Variable, Miami
Looking Back / The 9th White Columns Annual, selected by Cleopatra’s, White Columns, New York
Hollywood Hills House, curated by Pierre-Alexandre Mateos and Charles Teyssou, ltd los angeles, Los Angeles

WORK IT OUT, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, New York
Decolonized Skies, organized by High&Low Bureau, Apexart, New York
TEDxVaduz redux, T293, Rome
The Real Estate Show Was Then: 1980, James Fuentes, New York

Looking Back / The 7th White Columns Annual, selected by Richard Birkett, White Columns, New York
Scott Burton, curated by Oscar Tuazon, Fondazione Giuliani, Rome
Yes Naturally: How Art Saves The World, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague

OilScapes, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen

Islands and Ghettos, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberger

This is the Gallery…, Eastside Projects, Birmingham
Come Out & Play, apexart, New York

Green Dreams, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg
Aussen vor/On The Outside, ACC Galerie, Weimar
Still Life. Art, Ecology & The Politics of Change, Sharjah Biennial 8, Emirate of Sharjah
Arrêt sur Images, FRAC Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur, Marseille

The Drop, Exit Art, New York

Gotik und Moderne, Fraenkische Galerie, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Kronach
Temporary Spaces, Ausstellungsraum Glue, Berlin
Mirage, curated by Martin Beck and Julie Ault, Alexander and Bonin, New York
Dry Wells that Upwell Groundwater to Revive Margins of Salt Lakes, Harper Dry Lake
Waterways, Venice Biennale

Election, American Fine Arts, New York
Hortus, Independent Section, Liverpool Biennial
Wonderful, Cornerhouse, Manchester
Le Dessus des Cartes, ISELP, Brussels
Adaptations, Apexart, New York

Attack: Art and War, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
Banquete/Bankett, Barcelona Cultural Center, Barcelona, Spain; travelling to Zentrum fuer Kunst und
Medientechnologie (ZKM), Karlsruhe, Germany; Medialab, Madrid
GNS, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Hardcore, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Utopia Station, Venice Biennale
Collaborations, Centre d’art Contemporain, Meymac

Ars Electronica 2002, Ars Electronica Center, Linz
Oekonomien der Zeit, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; travelling to Akademie der Kunste, Berlin;
and Migros Museum, Zurich
Ecovention, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati
Ways Out, Stroom, The Hague
Empire/State: Artists Engaging Globalization, Whitney Independent Study Program, New York

The South Bronx Story, James Fuentes / The Point, The Bronx
Cartographie des artistes, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
Sao Paulo Biennale, Azerbaijan/Armenia/Georgia Pavilion, Sao Paulo

Ecologies, The Smart Museum, The University of Chicago, Chicago
Undo, Theater for the New City
Dystopia, Tribes Gallery, New York
World Trade, Roebling Hall, Brooklyn
Carnival in the Eye of the Storm, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland

1999 Post-War Architecture, Venice Biennale
Crash, ICA, London

Your Utopia, Momenta Art, Brooklyn
Hey, You Never Know, Kenny Schachter / ROVE, New York
Cartographers, Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
Cartographers, Umnetnosta Galerie, Maribor. Entrance display
Desert Flood, ROVE, New York

The Experimenters, curated by Kenny Schachter, Lombard-Fried Fine Arts, New York
French Pavilion TV Studio, with Fabrice Hybert, Venice Biennale
Cartographers, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb
Géographiques: territoires vécus, territoires voulus, territories figures, FRAC Corse, Corsica

Atopic Site, curated by Yukiko Shikata, Tokyo International Exhibition Center, Tokyo
Art Meets Science, in conjunction with “Copenhagen, European City of Culture,” Charlottenborg, Copenhagen

Faith, Hope, Love, Death, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
Mapping: A Response to MoMA, curated by Peter Fend, American Fine Arts, New York
On Board, Aperto, Venice Biennale
Photography After Photography, Siemens Kulturprogramm, Munich; travelling to Kunsthalle, Krems;
Städtische Galerie Erlangen, Brandenburgische Kunstsammlungen, Cottbus; Museet for
Fotokunst, Odense; Fotomuseum, Winterthur; ICA London; ICA
Infrasound, Kunst im öffentlichen Raum, Hamburg

Cloaca Maxima, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Stadtentwasserung, Zurich
Bifurcations, Centre d’art Contemporain, Meymac, France; travelling to Musée des Beaux-arts de Dole;
Cimaise et portique, espace d’art contemporain, centre culturel de l’Albigeois Albi
Mission Impossible, Gashouder

Aperto, Venice Biennale
Kunst in Weltmasstab, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel
Fontanelle, Potsdam
Kontext Kunst, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz
First Europeans, Schloss Charlottenberg, Berlin
Antwerp Cultural Center, European City of Culture.
The Edge of Chaos: New Ways of Seeing, Louisiana Museum for Modern Art, Humlebaek
Viennese Story, Wiener Secession, Vienna
Tutto Tondo, Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne

Documenta IX, Kassel
Documatter, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
Il Faut Construire Hacienda, curated by Nicholas Bourriaud, CCC Tours
Multiplici Culturali, selected by Angela Vettesse, Rome
Floriade, The Hague
Corse Divise, Assemblée Nationale, Paris
Nippon International Contemporary Art Fair, Yokohama
Reconnaissance, Simon Watson Gallery, New York

Teorici Americani, Ottagano, Milan
Wiener Festwochen, subway station installations, Vienna
FRAC Corse, Corsica
Iberian Current, FRAC Pays de la Loire

Around the World, PS 1, Long Island City
The Köln Show, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne
California Project, Terrain Gallery, San Francisco
Reconnaissance, Simon Watson Gallery, New York

Art at the End of the Social, Rooseum, Malmo
Video Works, Galerie Nordenstadt, Stockholm
Competition Diomede, The Clocktower, New York and sites in the US & USSR
On-Site: Response to Conditions, Anne Plumb Gallery, New York
Jet Lag, Turon Travel
Project DMZ, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York
Completion of the War, American Fine Arts, New York
Global Monitoring and Assessments: Towards the 21st Century, two-part presentation in conference sponsored by
UN Food & Agriculture Organization and UN Environment Program, Fondazione Cini, Venice.

The New Poverty II, Meyers-Bloom Gallery, Los Angeles
International Landscape, XPO Gallery, Hamburg
International Landscape, Galerie Christoph Duerr, Munich
Computer Images of Architecture, NY Chapter, American Institute of Architects, New York
Competition Diomede, The Clocktower, New York
Kunstrai, Amsterdam
Public Discourse, Real Art Ways, Hartford
The Drawing Show, Cable Gallery, New York

Documenta VIII, Kassel, Germany (OE, attributed to Ingo Gunther)
The New Poverty, John Gibson Gallery, New York
Corporate Crime, alternative spaces, San Francisco and San Diego

Surveillance, LACE Gallery, Los Angeles

Deutsche Kunst, 1945-1985, Nationalgalerie, Berlin (OE, attributed to PF and Ingo Gunther)

Kunst und Medien, Kunsthalle Berlin, Berlin
Via Satellite, Amerika Haus, Cologne
The International Show, curated by Michael Smith, Baskerville & Watson, New York

1983 1984
Show, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts/Village Voice, New York
Image/Process, The Kitchen, New York
Documenta VII, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf

Natural History, curated by Scott Cook, Grace de Borgenicht Gallery, New York

New York, New Wave, curated by Diego Cortez, PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City
Forrest Avenue Maze, on-site project, Forest Avenue School, The Bronx
Jamaica Fish/Bird Port, Urban Animals II, ABC No Rio / Collaborative Projects

The Real Estate Show, New York
Ruhrgebiet Projects, Duisburg
The Times Square Show, New York
Public Policy: Architecture Propositions, organized by Peter Fend, 626 Broadway, New York

World Space: Political Economies After Oil, Peter Nadin Gallery, New York
Manifesto Show, New York, NY and Milan
Participation in Urban Animals shows, South Bronx and ABC No Rio
Participation in Collaborative Projects shows (1978-83, 1979 being the peak year)

Poetry of Systems, Baxter Art Museum, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

Works by Peter Fend

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