THE ANSWER

CR 431. Year 1992

The Answer Jochen Gerz Cr 431 Web

THERE HAS TO BE THINGS THAT ARE PRIVATE. REGARDLESS OF WHAT IT IS AND WHAT IT IS TO YOU, IT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING BESIDES YOURSELF. EVEN IF YOU SAY NO. IT’S THE CAUSE OF THE BIGGEST CONFLICTS ON THIS PLANET.

He … gets so relentlessly serious you finally think he's kidding and vice versa. ... Gerz leaves the choice of treating his pieces as parlor-game puzzles with specific solutions or as philosophical deliberations.

William Wilson 1995

Why has wondering become an essentially private affair?

Lawrence Rinder 1999

Le spectateur ne peut pas s’empêcher de chercher à mettre en relation chaque texte avec un portrait. Cette présentation des réponses signifie-t-elle que révéler ce qui lie ou non un individu à une religion corresponde à un dévoilement de l’intimité comparable au fait d’exposer sa nudité ?

Catherine Millet 2004

Gerz’s mature work can be seen as a long-term effort to restore a shared practice of dispute to the public monument. His projects use written language not because of its assumed anti-aesthetic properties as in conceptual art, but because of its extra-aesthetic appeal as a shared medium of communication.

Mechthild Widrich 2014

Mixed Media Photograph

(with students from the University of California, Davis: Wendy Chisholm, Adam Contreras, David Fletscher, D. Jones, Alfred Lewis, Tara Mulligan, Irene Pollock, Fred van Dyke, Colin Walsh, Derrick D. Winrow and Emily Wittmann)

11 framed b+w photographs, 11 framed texts (acetate positive with black text over red vinyl), each 50,5 x 40,5 cm, total 210 x 194,5 cm

The work has been continued by the students as a work in public space, see (101). 

In addition to the English original a German and a French translation have been authorized.

Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver

Exhibitions

Davis 1992. Edinburgh 1993 (Newcastle 1993). Strasbourg 1994. Vancouver 1994 (Newport Beach 1995. Purchase 1996)

Bibliography

I: Bremen 1992, pp. 164-167. Montréal 1993, p. 16. Strasbourg 1994, pp. 123-126. Vancouver 1994, pp. 14, 37, 100-102. Regensburg 1995a, p. 251

II: Littmann 1993, p. 32. Red. 10, 1994, p. 118. Red. 12, 1994, p. 13 (Abb. um 180° gedreht). Abela 1994. Mayer 1994. Müller 1994. Reardon 1995, p. 44. Watson 1995, p. 41. Wilson 1, 1995

III: Millet 2004, pp.149-152

VI: Düsseldorf 1997, pp. 202-207

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My name is Jochen Gerz