Nacht, laß den Jäger schlafen

Night, let the hunter sleep

Greek Pieces # 4

CR 49. Year 1976

Nacht Laß Den Jäger Schlafen Cr 49 1 Web

Der Schütz (schwungvoll)
Mit dem Pfeil, dem Bogen durch Gebirg und Tal kommt der Schütz gezogen früh am Morgenstrahl.

Here, too, the alienation between artist and audience, the refusal to communicate a message, is the trigger for a way to truly communicate ... Gerz reclines rigidly on his side, his back to the audience, blocking a door that is slightly ajar, revealing a dark room where a singer repeats Schiller’s song ‘Mit dem Pfeil, dem Bogen’ (with his cross-bow, and his quiver). This scenario is so open to interpretation that it may suggest to the viewer various readings: the hunter out to kill ... the motionless pictorial situation, a turning toward darkness, to a woman ... without being resolved into a specific symbolism. It is also about loneliness, about the hunter’s fear, the desire for being.

Erich Franz 1981. Translated by e_CR editors

Auch hier ist die Fremdheit zwischen Künstler und Publikum, die Verweigerung einer Mitteilung, Auslöser für eine Möglichkeit echter Kommunikation… Gerz liegt starr mit dem Rücken zum Publikum, auf eine leicht geöffnete Tür hingerichtet, hinter der im Dunklen eine Sängerin das Lied 'Mit dem Pfeil und dem Bogen' ständig wiederholt. Das ist so offen, daß es im Betrachter sehr viel auslösen kann: der Jäger, der auf das Töten aus ist … die bewegungslose bildhafte Situation, die Hinwendung zum Dunkeln, zur Frau… ohne daß es in einer bestimmten Symbolik aufgeht. Es geht da auch um die Einsamkeit, um die Angst des Jägers, den Wunsch nach Sein.

Erich Franz 1981

He tries to produce insights. Emotional insights. Insights that spring from an awakened (or re-awakened) memory. From that perhaps unexpected occurence that you might begin to be probing something deep down in yourself who confronts his art projects. It presupposes that a chord is touched. That something happens between the art work and her or him (at any rate, an individual in a given society, at a given moment in history) who chooses to turn to, and perceive, and marvel, think, deam about what he has just encountered. Or encountered a day ago, a week ago, a year ago.

A.B. Meadows 2010

Performance / Installation

Photographic opaque, cordon with holders, b/w photograph, 70 x 50 cm, cassette recorder, cassette

Reclining on his side, Jochen Gerz blocks a door with his body, leaving a crack opening into a dark room. Photographic opaque covers his right arm, traces of the paint are visible on the door. In the darkened room, the voice of a female singer is heard singing "Mit dem Pfeil, dem Bogen". The artist is replaced in the installation by his photograph. The singing comes from a tape recorder.

Realisation

Kunstverein Braunschweig 1976

Bibliography

I: Lubin 1976. Chur 1978, pp. 23-25. Bielefeld 1981, pp. 14, 44-45, 104. Ludwigshafen 1984, pp. 56-61 

 II: Red. 1, 1976, p. 85. Hartmann 1, 1978, p. 5. Mayer 1978. Molderings 1, 1980, p. 127 

 III: Gravel 1978, p. 50 IV: Der Löwe 1976, p. 49. Katalog Oferta 1976 

 V: Metken 1977, p. 129

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My name is Jochen Gerz