Günther Uecker, mixed media, 1989

In the 1960s, Günther Uecker was a member of the art group ZERO founded in Düsseldorf, characterized by the monochrome work. In a Zen-Buddhist meditative state, he hit nails in the wood which he allowed to penetrate only partly. As from each of his preselected shapes, nail spirals sprouted organically, the artist proved how light and movement dance rhythmically with the nail shadows.

‘Dreieck’ is already a further evolution of his nail reliefs. In contrast to his older work, usually colourless (white) and with a more ordered nail motif, we notice here a surrender to the material. The nails are chaotically flattened and covered with a layer of coal, ash and glue.


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