Artist: Markus Mengeler
Description of the project
The sentence „Look at the stains on the wall!”, part of a quote of Leonardo’s Trattato della pittura appears in the course of several months on the wall of an old building. The letters are formed by lichen. Seemingly by chance, they form a meaningful sentence that refers to itself and asks the question of the artistic in the accidental and the accidental in the artistic.
The sentence „Look at the stains on the wall!”, part of a quote of Leonardo’s Trattato della pittura is written on the weather side of an old building using a special liquid that contains spores of lichens. In the course of several month the lichens grow and make the sentence visible and legible.
Something exactly planned appears apparently casual. The work refers to itself.
The invisible liquid may be mixed with color pigments, which fade over a few months. Thus, the sentence would be legible even before the appearance of the lichens.
The full quote about the stains on walls is:
Non isprezzare questo mio parere, nel quale ti si ricorda che non ti sia grave il fermarti alcuna volta a vedere nelle macchie de' muri, o nella cenere del fuoco, o nuvoli o fanghi, od altri simili luoghi, ne' quali, se ben saranno da te considerati, tu troverai invenzioni mirabilissime.
(Do not despise my opinion, in which I advise you to stop sometimes and to look at the stains on walls or in the ashes of the fire, into the clouds, or in mud and other such places: thou shalt, if you look at it right, discover very wonderful inventions in them).
About the artist
born 1974 in Kleve
Studies of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts Münster with Timm Ulrichs and Henk Visch
About been out, vol. 1
been out, vol. 1 is an all-arts competition for young artists exploring the parameters of art in the generation of digital natives. In these times of cross media and viral marketing, the open competition been out, vol. 1, organised by Bohème Précaire in cooperation with 2010LAB.tv, questions the art of the digital natives. Do they still know the meaning of art? Is there still a trade based on art?
According to the free-associating motto “go out, be out, include the outside”, the applicants should question and revalue the gridlocked meanings of urbanity, arts, architecture, and private and public sphere.
kunst.labor is the online-gallery of been out, vol. 1.
Further information: www.bohemeprecaire.com