- Digital Formats
Pencil, watercolour, body colour, oil (both sides)
The relationship between body, material, time and space is at the core of Franz Erhard Walther's work. It is these basic categories that the artist has been working on in a new and very unique way since the 1960s, starting with his 1st Work Set (1963-1969). A pioneer of participatory art, he considers the viewer to be part of the work being created.
The objects of the 1st Work Set are made of cotton, foam and wood and their dimensions relate to the human body. In interaction with the objects, the visitor's body can become a sculpture and action becomes a work form ('Werkform'). At the same time, viewers can also activate the objects in their minds. Their thinking, their language, their perception, fantasies and emotions in time and space can serve as material for the work.
Walther has expressly named the drawings for 1st Work Set 'work drawings'. For him, they have a claim to being independent artistic works parallel to work actions ('Werkhandlungen'), despite their fragmentary character.
In his statements, Walther emphasizes the diversity of the drawing as sketch, notation, draft, plan drawing, construction, autonomous drawing, and diagram. Many of these drawing methods can also be found in the work drawings. Terms, linguistic formulations of courses of action, representations of actions, graphic elements and pictorial surfaces overlap and form their own graphic language.
Works by Walther can currently be seen in the touring exhibitions The Event of a Thread and Travelling the World. Art from Germany. ifa has also organized a tour of the monographic exhibition Franz Erhard Walther. Workpieces Drawings from 1991 - 1993.