One Word. Two Words

CR 491. Year 1968

Wv 491 One Word Two Words Resize Copy

One word. Two words

In the same way as with other artists close to the visual poetry approach, in Gerz' work a questioning of art emerges from an abyss of linguistic elements, which open up a space "like between the lines of Mallarmé".

Marion Hohlfeldt 2002

The notions of culture and life, as they are conveyed in his work, might be understood as a form of the "essential dualism" characteristic of the western (humanist) tradition of thinking, in which paired notions such as culture/nature, subject/object, spirit/matter, mind/body, and self/other, are brought in relations of antagonism or exclusion (or even extermination). Gerz, however, does not perpetuate the image of them as the "two" that should become "one", he deconstructs the opposition by introducing a "third" which destabilises the recognisable and easily manipulated "two".

Bojana Pejic 1995


Visual Poetry

Text (typewriting) on paper, 29.7 x 21.1 cm

The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Miami Beach (1981)

See the Visual Poetry works Word, no Word (470) and Res, non verba (514)
and the editions Rechtsschreibung (749), ego. &cetera (760) and Les mots se vantent... (772).


I: Florida 1986, p. 382

IV: Kontexts 1971, pp. 32-33

Access general bibliography

My name is Jochen Gerz