Alexander Roob: Marcel I 1999, 126 sheets from the “Marcel 1” project, pitt pastel on paper, (1); © (Alexander Roob) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2010; Photo: Wolfgang Dopp
Alexander Roob: Marcel I 1999, 126 sheets from the “Marcel 1” project, pitt pastel on paper, (1); © (Alexander Roob) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2010; Photo: Wolfgang Dopp
Marcel I 1999
126 sheets from the “Marcel 1” project
pitt pastel on paper
© (Alexander Roob) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2010
Photos: Wolfgang Dopp
Linie Line Linea. Contemporary Drawing

In his pictorial novel Marcel I, Alexander Roob takes a close and analytical look at a man who thinks he is being observed by a secret service, as he goes his nomadic way through Vienna’s streets, hotels and stations. By restricting himself to the line, the artist is able to quickly grasp what he sees – in a film-like report consisting of 126 pictures. Like the eye of a camera, the gaze of the artist takes different viewpoints. Without in any way annulling the significance of an individual image, Roob wishes to make the flow of reality apparent in his sequence of drawings.