Géométree and through. Photo: Joerg Burger
Wall crack, primed canvas, branch, panel, acrylic
Canvas: 200 x 200 cm, panel: 100 x 100 cm
Room dimensions: 500 x 400 x 350 cm
Design 1984, execution 1986
Room: north wing, 2nd floor
This site-specific installation at Buchberg combines two concepts that I
have been pursuing for some years. It is a matter of pictures on which I
paraphrase what is hidden behind them – a projecting wall, a vault, a door or
even another picture: the subject of the picture in front was in this case the
picture behind. For some years I have also been working on pictures in which I
integrate branches, which is why I call them ‘Géomé-tree’.
The Buchberg work references a wide crack in the wall that, branching out
finely, extends over the ceiling and far into the room. The picture conceals the
central section of the crack but evokes it with the aid of a branch from the
castle grounds. The crack is depicted very loosely: it is in fact a negative
space, which I transform into a relief by applying the branch.
Because of using wood, I called the picture ‘Géomé-tree’, but because it
was about the hole in the wall that is hidden by the picture, I added the
English words ‘and through’. When a French person says the title with a thick
accent, it sounds like ‘Géométrie et trou’, meaning ‘hole’ and hence also
signifying the crack in the wall.
(Excerpt from a conversation with FRANÇOIS MORELLET, August 1986, freely
translated into German by Dieter Bogner, published in the catalogue Raumkunst.Kunstraum.
Schloß Buchberg am Kamp, Vienna 2000)
Created and installed with a branch from the castle grounds in the context of
the Buchberger Sommer 1986 [Buchberg Summer 1986].