cologne

Thomas Locher

Galerie Tanja Grunert

A small group of cheap, wood-veneer furnishings set up in the middle of the large gallery: a bed covered with a white sheet, a night table, a dresser, two wardrobes, a table, and a chair. The forms of the individual objects are reduced to their barest functional necessity, unadorned, undecorated; they look austere, severe, and impersonal. They do not exactly entice us to make ourselves at home; indeed, their sobriety intimidates us. We are hesitant to enter the space between the individual pieces. We are also reluctant to read the countless sentences that are carved into the furniture’s wood veneer: “What are they trying to talk me into?", “What do they want from me?”, “Am I being misled?”, “How is this to be construed?” . . . . A total of some 450 sentences have been carved into the surfaces of the wardrobes, the table, the bed, and the chair. This is a flood of sentences expressing

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