Günther Uecker: Notations
Published by Lévy Gorvy.
Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist. Poetry by Günther Uecker.
Iconic nail paintings and watercolors from Günther Uecker, famed for his participation in Group ZERO
Featuring both the nail paintings for which Günther Uecker (born 1930) is best known, plus watercolors made during his many travels, Notations provides an unusual dual-take on the German sculptor, op artist and installation artist. Made in collaboration with Uecker, the publication includes poems that Uecker wrote during his journeys, and excerpts from a day-long conversation and studio visit with Uecker by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
To create his signature nail paintings, Uecker works a mixture of white paint and carpenters glue into a dense, visceral surface, then hammers nails into the panels, varying their placement and groupings intuitively to form undulating painted reliefs that cast shadows in constant motion.
Ueckers watercolors reveal a wholly different aspect of the artists oeuvre. These watercolors are made spontaneously on the road, during travels across Australia, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, Israel, Japan, the United States and Vietnam.