Mark Lammert, w.t.
'The impression made by a country road can vary, depending on whether you walk along it or fly over it in an aeroplane. In the same way, the impact of a text varies, depending on whether you read it or copy it.'
For many years now, the painter and draftsman Mark Lammert has been compiling his material in large-format workbooks. In addition to collages, photos and drawings, the books are filled with written notes. These aren't Lammert's personal diary entries, however. Instead, they are excerpts from a diverse array of theoretical texts, the origins of which are of an artistic, historical, or general aesthetic nature.
In his works, entitled RISSE, Lammert uses the process of copying by hand to create pictures which are both text and drawing. Bodies of text on color-coated backgrounds interact with the shapes of bodies created by the negative space of omitted text.
Citations on art and aesthetics from authors ranging from Pliny to Michael Foucault are thus transformed into art, and the question of the interpretative sovereignty of artistic commentary as it relates to the artwork itself must be posed anew.