Jochen Flinzer

Galerie Andreas Schlüter

Display books are like slipcases with inscriptions: hollow inside, title printed on the outside. Unassuming phrases shine forth from their spines—they might be designated Art, or The Golden City, or Good Form, depending on the purpose of the display. In furniture stores these ornaments of cultivation decorate bookshelves and cabinets; in store windows and other places they turn up as “decorative suggestions” among all conceivable types of displayed goods.

To Jochen Flinzer such displays provide a welcome canvas for seven of the twenty-four works in his exhibition “Mein Feld ist die Welt” (My field is the world). On them he embroiders images and texts—through the cover into the empty center and out the back cover again. With a single long thread Flinzer draws (he thinks of his embroidery as drawing) legible words and recognizable images on one side, leaving only the intimation of a script

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