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CR 277. Year 1982/1983

De lart1 Jochen Gerz CR 277 web

- As if in the years, which we ourselves can take as our point of departure, a single undertaking - a war, a work of art, or a holiday destination - had interrupted our neurosis, had stilled our ...

Little by little, a haze invades indeterminate landscapes, the bare forests all look alike, roads glossy with rain mark an uncertain furrow toward unknown destinations, mountains disappear before quiet seas, clouds build up, repetitive and dull in their sameness. Where are we? No one knows. It is the hight of anonymity. Nothingness has invaded the Earth. Since 1969, when he began making works of art composed of black and white photographs accompanied by a text... Jochen Gerz has never departed from this will to step back from the factual events of society. This is all the more noticeable in these works in that, in the critical commentaries in art journals or in a number of his performances, there is a radical denunciation of the way culture functions in Occidental society.

Anne Dagbert,1986

Gerz is trying to work against the myth of the artist. Unreflective acceptance and mechanical, linear use of language and images result in their destruction as a form of communication, similar to what Vilém Flusser analysed and described as the fate of technical pictures. Here, two positions meet that are trying to reach related, perhaps even analogous goals. Their common ground is doubt and scepticism about thing, things that are and yet are not, and the way things purport to be.

Andreas Vowinkel 1992

Mixed Media Photograph

21 framed b+w photographs, each 13 x 18 cm, 4 framed b+w photographs, 1 framed text (typed on paper, enlarged photograph), each 40,5 x 50,5 cm, total 109,9 x 256,5 cm

The text is typed in English, German and French.

Collection Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Rhône-Alpes, Lyon.


Basel 1983. Chalons-sur-Saône 1983. Paris 1984. Saint-Etienne 1984 (Valence 1984). Lyon 1984. Berlin 1985. Lyon 1985. Paris 1986. Louvain-La-Neuve 1988


I: Saint-Etienne 1984, p. 10. Bielefeld 1985, p. 173. Berlin 1985a. Calais 1986, pp. 30-31. Rhône-Alpes 1992, p. 131. Paris 1994a, pp. 32-33

II: Gravel 1983, p. 34. Stein 1984. Syring 1984, pp. 167-168. Besson 1, 1985, p. 13. Bichler 1985. Wulffen 1, 1985. Wulffen 2, 1985, pp. 296- 297. Drathen 1991, pp. 80-81

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