Artist as Lamp, 2019
From the series Meaningless Work
Pigment ink print on barytha paper from digital original mounted on aluminium and framed
90 x 120 cm
Edition of 6
The title comes from a quote of M. H. Abrams in The Mirror and the Lamp (1953): “The change from imitation to expression, and from the mirror to the fountain, the lamp, and related analogies…”, quoted in Sandra Kisters, The Lure of the Biographical. On the (Self-) Representation of Modern Artists, Valiz, 2017.
After 20 years of using myself in my pictures, I felt that I had done all the poses I could possibly do with my body. The way out of this dead end came through Fluxus. In 2016 at my nomination for the Prix Elysée, I started to use Fluxus event scores and other written instructions by artists as the basis of new work. Meaningless Work is a still on-going series. It keeps me curious and allows me to make new discoveries, all while continuing to do what I know best. It enables me to get back both in front and behind the camera. Citing Arthur Köpcke: “People ask: Why? I ask: Why not!”