Buch/Book No. 9.
Artwork by Hans-Peter Feldmann. Text by Inka Schube, Martin Clark,
Walther Konig, Koln, 2008. 208 pp., 600 color illustrations, 9¼x11¾".
Feldmann is a passionate collector
of images and stories, an original
thinker and one of the first conceptual
artists. This is Feldmann’s most
personal book, a racy parcours
through images before and behind
the retina: clouds and strawberries,
women in graceful poses, pants that
don’t fit, the longing of retired civil
servants, flying people, Christmas
decorations, soccer images, collections
of countrycode plates and
much more. These images are at
once common, strange, smart, stupid
and human. Of his focus on the
“poetic moments of the ordinary,” a
2003 review in Artforum said,“It is
precisely this continual, everexpanding
reflection on and skepticism
about the various functions
and values of images, their truth
content and modes of employment,
that make Feldmann’s work now
seem seminal. And his relevance to
contemporary art practice derives
not least from his acknowledgment
of the arbitrary relationship
between signifier and signified, the
moments of displacement and projection
inherent in every form of
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