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Brigitta Rohrbach

BOCHYNEK

Every day fliers from supermarkets or furniture stores fill our mailboxes—only to end up in the trash. Since the early ’90s, Brigitta Rohrbach has been collecting this kind of ephemera—announcements for art openings; advertisements for various services, emblazoned with phone numbers; cash-register receipts; and the soccer scores from the sports pages of daily newspapers. Rohrbach then photocopies these items, eliminating images that appear and altering the proportions of the numerals, separating them from their original context. In this way she produces graphically strong compositions consisting of long columns of computations or isolated numerals with spare color and monochrome backgrounds.

In German the word Zahlen means both “numbers” and “to pay,” and in restaurants one calls out “zahlen,” an abbreviated form of bezahlen, meaning “to settle a bill.” This overlap between abstract sign

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