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Werner Büttner

Galerie Gisela Capitain

Characterized by his unsocialized humor, Werner Büttner’s work traces the putrefaction of ideals through visual and literary objects. Toward this end, Büttner pursues a formal bastardization of writing/text and drawing/painting. The outcome is a blend of play, mockery, bitterness, and earnestness. The half-truths of our artistic and political cultures are transmitted by means of electrifying brainstorms, without the sweat of the artist’s brow and without intrusive egocentrism. “You can’t always read between the lines, you’ll go crazy”: that’s the lapidary comment included with the depiction of the man who is drawn between the lines of a letter-sized sheet of paper. Behind everything, and perhaps even in the picture itself, the artist laughs, uncynically, as he speaks—perhaps to us, an art audience in need of support?

With 26 alphabet pictures (“Alphabet,” 1989; a series of 12 lithographs,

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