Stanley Brouwn

Stedelijk Museum and Art & Project

Stanley Brouwn has been obsessed with line—and, in particular, line derived from human movement—as a form of expression. Brouwn’s work originally developed out of the Fluxus movement, and it is still well within a conceptual format. In one such work, he painstakingly registered and counted his footsteps, which he then logged on index cards and sheets of paper. Brouwn is not the first person to make art from simply walking. Hamish Fulton and Richard Long both present their walking expeditions in photographs, postcards and other material collected en route. Brouwn does not use any anecdotal supporting material in documenting his walks.

His latest exhibitions have been simple; here, he compared a line the length of an average pace (80 centimeters) with a line one meter long and another of indeterminate length. These elements were presented as black lines on white strips of wood, hung at eye

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