With the "Augsburger Papier", a precious brocade paper, Augsburg was known for its colored paper in the 18th century.
With hand-tipped tadelakt papers I follow this tradition. I have begun to transfer an old technique to the paper, which until today is mainly applied to the wall, the plaster. However, I do not use lime paints, but acrylic paints, but in the same technique applied in several layers on top of the paper. This results in the appearance of "older" color layers and a very separate pattern. As a finish, a mat acrylic varnish, also applied with a spatula, covers the colored paper. Let this tadelakt technique in the paper refinement.
There are sheets of this old technique which are intended for the artistic further processing. Others are used as signed unique. As a result of the production process, the paint can be trailed behind. This is a sign of manual production and not a defect.
Insights into the preparations for a small private exhibition for friends in my studio.
My book Christian Koans was shown.
Each one of us had already been confronted with an abstract picture and asked ourselves what the artist wanted to say with this picture?
The spoken word is also abstract. If I want to express a feeling or an experience, it will be difficult to find words that describe what I feel, so that my conversation partner understands this as well as I mean it. We all know that this is often not the case.
Still further, the abstraction of the word increases when a third writes down this conversation in order to make this conversation clear to a fourth. We all know the sentence, so I never said it.
The increase in abstraction is when I remember a conversation of decades ago and write it down. This is no longer about the actually spoken word, but about what the idea, which has made the feeling, expressed.
We know it when we say my mother always said, or my grandfather always said ....
We experience the same thing today when we read the Bible. There is much strange, incomprehensible, contradictory, seemingly not fitting. Some sentences do not seem to make sense, and yet the divine should be portrayed behind the written word. The Reichenauer Bookpainter Monks (Reichenau Island on Lake Constance) tried to depict the divine behind them in their pictures. The form, the figure, the word is not the deciding factor, but the behind.
In my book "Christian Koans," I have selected nine such texts, thought them over, and painted my pictures. The viewer must now find his own way to reconcile the abstract image and the text.
It was an interesting encounter with many intense, interesting conversations.
Zeitgenössische Buchkunst im Lyrik Kabinett
München, Amalienstr. 83 a
11. - 13. November 2016
Thank you for visiting my booth!
Gerd J. Wunderer