Joseph Zehrer

Galerie Ralph Wernicke

Joseph Zehrer is both a draftsman and a sculptor. So it seems quite consistent for his art to move back and forth between the second and third dimension. Zehrer uses transparency and immateriality to eliminate the dimensions’ boundaries. Having used silicon and iron extensively in past works, Zehrer here uses transparent plastic to create systems based on the structure of the alphabet.

26 drawings (all works Untitled, 1989) are grouped in one continuous plastic holder, which lies on the floor. Zehrer has assigned a different letter of the alphabet to each drawing, and the name of an intellectual to each letter, thereby producing a kind of visual biographical dictionary. His series begins with Atatürk and Beuys, and ends with Warhol; the Z spot remains blank, indicating a possibility of continuation. The drawings, mostly of faces, are applied to the paper with transparent oil. This highly

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