FRANZ ERHARD WALTHER
WALLFORMATION GELBMODELLIERUNG 1980/81
Franz Erhard Walther is widely recognized as an originator of participatory art. Since the 1960s, he has conceived of his canvas sculptures as “instruments”, and has placed the viewer in a critical role: only when the objecs are used, in ways appointed by the artist, are they completed. Unlikely many other artists following his lead in creating sculptures for the viewers to handle and animate, Walther is not motivated by spectacle, humor, or the nature of performance, but rather the meditative and contemplative possibilities of the experience.
Wallformation Gelbmodellierung will be exhibited together with historical photos of the complete sequence of the action. The work has not been on view since 1989.
The largest of Walthers series of Wallformations, it is all at once an image. a sculpture, an action, and an architectural space. While the physical articulation of the piece has been documented, the viewers own conception of how it might have been realized is also very much a part of it. As Walther likes to say, “Pictures are in your head”. The work-activation can be imagined, or in the physical activation real time is articulated and made into a concrete material.
MY FASHION INTERPRETATION
this piece screams: I AM CAUGHT IN YELLOW. I wanted to wear something according to the feeling I got from looking at this art piece inside ART UNLIMITED. it feels like a uni colored outfit on a person that only moves on a yellow line.
skirt FIZZEN BASEL
shoes MAX SHOES
hairband PRESENT by friends
about the artist and project
artist FRANZ ERHARD WALTHER
born 1939, Fulda, Germany lives and works in Fulda, Germany.
project Wallformation Gelbmodellierung, 1980, 81
sewn dyed canvas coat, a canvas coat in two party and a canvas suit in two parts, each fixed with laces and bands.
Gallery PETER FREEMAN, Inc., New York, USA
Gallery SKOPIA P.H. Jaccaud, Geneve, Switzerland
Gallery Joecelyn Wolff, Paris, France