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Makulatur / Maculature
Series, 80 pc.
Lyrics, silkscreen print on re-used paper
32.5 x 22.5 cm
2020

The short texts, written predominantly in english, are following the structure of modern day song lyrics reminiscent of pop music.

 

Spanning poetic, dream-ish and polemic statements, their content also keeps a level of vagueness, briefly touching the reader and let the inner voices sing, before the message trails off into a muddle of colour and shape. What exactly they are telling of remains apparitional and swaying, just as the prints themselves.

The slightly vapour-esque look is reinforced by the paper printed on, or rather the re-use of it. Consisting purely of maculature – misprints, discarded, spare and waste papers –  the image carrier itself is a reverb of former events and aesthetics. The series is a sort of nostalgic trip, where other messages are printed on, and somewhat occupying the preexisting visual culture.

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100 pages from the book series
 

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Books as objects, studio view

Straight edges
Straight edges

Silkscreen print on EPS, studio view 8 pc. each 17 x 45 x 13 cm

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Straight edges
Straight edges

Silkscreen print on EPS, studio view 8 pc. each 17 x 45 x 13 cm

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Syntax (word-chain 1)
Syntax (word-chain 1)

Rope, tie-down strap, silkscreen print on EPS Inst. view at syntax exhib. with Roman Sonderegger, 2015

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Straight edges
Straight edges

Silkscreen print on EPS, studio view 8 pc. each 17 x 45 x 13 cm

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WORDS
Sculptures of SAG ES MIT SAGEX – series
Silkscreen prints on polystyrene
Various sizes
2015 / 2020


A body of work that deals with the single word as a container. Inspired by the nature of words, their etymologic roots and the way writing works, a word as a single object can mean different things depending on the context of a sentence. This interplay is translated into the three-dimensional, where composition is similar to syntax, and words act on their own within this structure.

Inst. view at Werkschau 15 | photo by Thomas Knellwolf

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Inst. view at Werkschau 15 | photo by Thomas Knellwolf

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Inst. view at Werkschau 15

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Inst. view at Werkschau 15 | photo by Thomas Knellwolf

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Writer´s block
Installation
Silkscreen print on polystyrene, printing ink
60 cubes of 40 cm
2015 / 2017

Imprinting letters on polystyrene, the paint etches its way through the expanded material, re-transforming the symbol into a ripple, a sound.

Each block consists of at least one word, depending on where a reader would begin, and in which direction. According to the space, the installation can vary in size and shape.

As part of the Bachelor´s diploma at HSLU in 2015, more than 50 blocks formed a garden of columns, in which visitors could immerse themselves. Due to the cubic shape, the words imprinted on each block can not be read at once, but require the reader to move. in doing so, the many syllables popping up left and right trigger our reading reflexes, igniting a literal dance.

Qualities of the unavoidable: mining Clouds
Performance with relic 
Posters, paste, saw, rope
30 min (duration) / 63 x 140 x 13 cm (book)
2012


Hello to the age of mass, mass products and variety, mass consumption, masses of people. Pretty much mass-everything. And a good mass always leads up to a mess.

As part of a practical research for new resources in cities (called urban mining), the focus shifted towards advertising posters: On the pillar of a street lamp, they assemble layer upon layer, and grow in diameter over time much like a tree. The rate of their growth depends on the environment, e.g. the club scene. More cultural offers lead to bigger trees. When cut down, the "skin" is a mix of cellulose and water, again reminiscent of wood, while the sticky paste would be the equivalent to resin.
 

Like a forest engineer who can see events by reading the rings of a fallen tree, the layers of printed papers are equally telling of circumstances of a specific time and place. The poster waste has a double function, also serving as a cultural relic.

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Photo from performance at Warschauerbrücke in Berlin, 2012
 

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Posters bound as a book, studio view

berlin book (63 x 140 x 13 cm)

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berlin book (63 x 140 x 13 cm)

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berlin book (63 x 140 x 13 cm)

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berlin book (63 x 140 x 13 cm)

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Respektiven
Book series (23 pc.)
Mixed media, softcover
62 pages
20 x 15 cm each
2014 – present

During many stages of the creative process, useing paper is necessary to hold thoughts, sketch loose ideas, draw studies, make notes, memos, schedules or as underlay for material tests. The papers (most commonly DIN A4) eventually fulfill their task and scatter all over the place. They can get re-used again and serve as a background, linking new thoughts to old ones. These sheets are the floor on which ideas learn to walk.

Over time, they assemble all the bits and bites that cumulatively make up the content of my artistic research.
To give them a common place and amount of space, I started to bind them together in more or less coincidental order. It quickly turned into a series of books, a casual encyclopedia. The re-combination of different apporaches, both visually and conceptually, creates an unforseeable blending of different ideas. The book series proved to be a valid resource and inspiration for my work.

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100 pages from the book series
 

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Books as objects, studio view

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