Time and Space

André Werner, untitled, collage, 1992
untitled, phototransfer/collage, 11 x 16,1 cm (as cibachrome, 200 x 136 cm) 1992

Time and Space

When rubbed off upon paper or heavy brass plates, photographs, foreign characters and graphical scriptures form a labyrinth of superimposed layers. The details are hard to make out. In one corner an aged diary entry can be found, elsewhere a face or part of a japanese wood-cut materializes: Much like archæological sediments, these fragments give testimony of various spaces and times. In a photo collage they condense into complex space of time-structures.
The traveler now is an archæologist who seeks to uncover the material layer by layer, eager to gain insight into the deeper parts of the picture; by doing so he’ll reach the beginning – or is it the end? – of the fossilized deposits.
But the stronger the gaze is directed towards understanding the details, towards traversing the historical time-period, the more does the obvious fade into an impalpable fog, shrouded in a misty state beyond time and space.

Anja Osswald