THE POETIC WORK OF PETER PUKLAS
“Tools are there to serve your ideas. I want to use the most perfect tool to express what I want to say, and if it's dancing I want to dance."
A closer look at the visual poetry of Peter Puklas.
— By Lauren Trend
Peter Puklus is an artist and photographer who lives and works in Budapest. In his work, the starting points are often trivial objects, subjects and situations of everyday life, which transcend their actual function in the process of visualisation and thus gain new meaning. There is a sense of playfulness paired brilliantly and brashly with the mundane. Deep personification and poetry, embodied by often faceless figures as his subjects. It is visually evident within in his work, yet Puklas explains , “tools are there to serve your ideas. I want to use the most perfect tool to express what I want to say, and if it's dancing I want to dance."
His pictorial series are studies, a sketchbook and a journey of knowledge at the same time, which transcend formal boundaries and radically expand the photographic space. They follow their own rhythm and pattern - freed from any convention, chronology or logical sequence. In 2012 he published two artist books, 'One and a Half Meter' and 'Handbook to the Stars'. His third book 'The Epic Love Story of a Warrior' was released in 2016, which remains still, one of my favourite photo books to exist. A election of works from ‘The Epic Love Story of a Warrior’ were exhibited by the artist at Kunsthaus Essen earlier this year.
Find below are a few scans from the aforementioned photo book.