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SLAVKO KACUNKO - ON THE WORK
OF THE GERMAN-AMERICAN ARTIST WERNER KLOTZ

A closer look is a must if we want to begin to appreciate the reflecting material and reflexive effect of German-American artist Werner Klotz’s array of Wahrnehmungsinstrumenten – his Instruments of Perception from today’s standpoint, better still one taken a step aside from the exploding Art of Exhibiting currently vying so with the media’s thirst for sensation. Completed in the 1990s, these mirrors of both their viewers and their wider environment are rooted in Klotz’s work during the early 1980s, when, with several other artists, he founded the association called Material und Wirkung (Material and Effect) in what was then West Berlin (1981). The aesthetic appeal of the Instruments of Perception is undeniable. They are ‘catoptric’ objects created as much with the viewing of their environment in mind as with the aim of being viewed themselves. It is interes-ting now as it was interesting then, to observe how in Werner Klotz’s oeuvre, following an artistic logic, they entered into a symbiosis with the closed-circuit video installations but have ultimately left that stage to today’s world-wide Public Art. ...







Exerpt from: Mirror. Medium. Art.
On the history of mirror in the age of image
Published by Wilhelm Fink Verlag, Munich, 2010

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