A series of 131 works, paintings on
Eine Serie von 131 Bilder, gemalt auf bureaukratische Formularen
Worked on daily, roughly three days per piece.
(exhibited as installations several times in Europe / ausgestellt als Installationen ein paar Mal in Europa)
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This began because when I got married, legally entered and stayed in Switzerland, I had a ton of forms to fill out from Switzerland and the US. I despise forms and am almost incapable of filling them out. A few were particularly insulting. For instance, upon entering Switzerland I had to write in my "gelernter Beruf," "studied profession," I said "artist." The border guard said that artist was not a profession! I think I then let the idiot switch it to art historian or illustrator or something. Another was a form I had to sign to give my wife permission to retain her family name! And similar things from the US. So, I just started to save copies of EVERY form that crossed my path for a year, from silly (like an advertisement) to the serious bureaucratic ones. I had almost 400 in one year! More than one a day. I painted on 131 of them. They are housed in a handmade linen box and were also exhibited a few times in museums and galleries. The individual works are pictured here. Right click and open to images to see them larger.
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