[June 30, 2008
Drawn Novel by Franz Erhard Walther
Until July 28, the Parisian Galerie Jocelyn Wolff presents drawing-based work by Franz Erhard Walther (*1939). The new work “Sternenstaub – A Drawn Novel” (2007/08) consists of several hundred (photocopies of) pencil-on-paper drawings tacked to the wall, each of them detailing memorable occurrences and encounters from the artist’s life – in a style vaguely reminiscent of Jim Shaw’s “Dream Drawings,” only much more painstakingly organised. Another work on display is his early “New York Book” consisting of some five hundred pages with watercolors and conceptual text work. Walther – who is much better known for the interactive installation pieces that he developed from the early 1960s on, of which some early samples are exhibited in Paris, too – here gives a rare glimpse into another field of work, spanning four decades with two bookish works. A closer look than our illustration can offer is recommended.