Hanne Darboven

Galerie Paul Maenz

Hanne Darboven’s works are basically impelled by the thought of naming time. Time—say, the passing of the present, which is a different experience for each individual consciousness—is usually captured by Darboven in an artistically arbitrary system that aims at objectivity. In its complexity, this system transforms abstract time into a visual, graphic sign that is both tangible and comprehensible. For instance, time is written out by hand and linked to combinations of numbers. The artist often employs a code with a rigid foundation that is composed partly of mathematics and partly of free association. Within this context, Darboven’s systematizing, encoding, and graphic translating—or rather rewriting—objectivize the subjective experience of the torrent of time, seeking a compromise between Chronos (time as a universal personification) and Keiros (the individual, subjectively experienced

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