24 January / MATERIAL, Zurich / 6 pm
The concept is clear: a block of 500 images in A4 corresponds to a basic unit in office life—a single ream of photocopy paper, a brick.
The book you are holding in your hands is an artwork. It consists of over 500 drawings made by Michael Günzburger: concentrated, reduced, almost calligraphic sketches of other artworks held in the collection of the government of the canton of Zurich. The images in this book were displayed as an exhibition dedicated to this collection. Günzburger’s drawings are a kind of virtuoso exercise: a single artistic idea is extracted from each work and depicted in black ink in a minimum number of strokes, a single phrase or aphorism.
With the inventory of the works on the letterhead of the canton, Günzburger also draws a portrait of the „Fachstelle Kunst“ (which, however, never existed under this name), thus providing an insight into the nature of bureaucracy.