How to know

CR 357. Year 1989

How To Know Jochen Gerz Cr 357 Web

How to know
AS EVERYBODY BY THEN KNOWS THE SONG OF THE BIRDS [AND PICASSO], THE NIGHT PLAYS A TRICK ON THE OWL: IT MAKES HIM SWALLOW A VOWL.

The poetic undertaking has faced the problem of energy, as has the adventure of modern art. The pitfall was at times in believing that this energy would allow itself to be represented or stylised. Gerz knows that it can only be "shown" or indicated in a poetic constellation.

Christian Besson 1985

Jochen Gerz is an artist who has mastered the methods and tactics of the visual arts and yet, at the same time, foils them; he is an artist whose position on the open border between the visual, the literary and performance is rightly defined as a no man's land "between the chairs", for he pursues a strategy which assimilates daily experiences with the "media world" and severely questions them with regard to the way they work. The skepticism with which this is done manifests itself in the many parts, as well as, the ambiguity of the images and literary fragments which are intended to engender associations.

Peter Friese 1992

The breadth of Gerz's work and the wide variety of media he employs reveal with paradoxical clarity how fragmented narratives and/or disrupted images construct a place from which to consider relations between history (of earlier times and places) perceived at a distance and the immediacy of our personal experience of the present. Memory is invoked to concentrate the past within the continuity of our space in the present.

Gary Dufour 1994

Mixed Media Photograph

15 framed b+w photographs, 3 of them with handwritten left-right reversed text, 1 of these with additional text collage (red vinyl), 6 with crosses of red vinyl, each 40,5 x 50,5 cm, total 170 x 216 cm

Collection Robelin, Paris

Exhibitions

Paris 1989. Bremen 1992 (Karlsruhe 1993. Manchester 1993. Saarbrücken 1993. Altenburg 1993. Potsdam 1993). Lyon 2022

Bibliography

I: Bremen 1992, p. 49. Paris 1989b, p. 35

II: Schuman 1993

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My name is Jochen Gerz