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Jürgen Brodwolf

Insight II / Rays of vision
© Jürgen Brodwolf / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Jürgen Brodwolf

Einblick II / Sehstrahlen / Insight II / Rays of vision, 1992

Tube figure, traces of paint, pencil, color offset print (by Oskar Schlemmer /window picture 1942), mounted on cardboard
33 × 43 × 4 cm

Color offset print 12.8 x 8.7 cm signed, dated and titled: Brodwolf 1992 Insight II /Sehstrahlen Oskar Schlemmer window picture 1942
(BRODWJ/P 42)

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The Greek scholars still thought that so-called visual rays were emitted by the eye and that these would scan the objects properly. Today we know that the reflection of light makes the environment recognizable. Jürgen Brodwolf has been dealing with the myth of the visual rays in the context of mathematically calculable perspective since the early 1970s. From the upper part of his torso-like tube figures, he draws such rays, which both prescribe the figure's viewing angles and scan the surroundings, enabling the figure to orient itself in space. In 1976, Brodwolf designed an object catalog containing 24 reworked sheets of figurine collages, paper cuts, or montages, which can be seen as Brodwolf's homage to Oskar Schlemmer and his typical dissection of the human figure into geometric forms. This 1992 sheet "Einblick II / Sehstrahlen" (Insight II / Rays of Vision) follows the principle tested at the time and shows a printed window image by Schlemmer being fixed by Brodwolf's figure made visible by the bundles of lines.
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