Ulrich Strothjohann works make humorous comments on the absurdity and contradictoriness of our existence. He discretely and pointedly devises all sorts of tricks and ruses, makes ironic connections, creates subtle allegories, and has fun leading the viewer astray. Mapping Holes is a series of photographs of seemingly insignificant settings that the artist shot on various travels between 1984 and 1998. The series captivatingly renders visible an iconography of the non-existent. Strothjohann has been working in Berlin for several years, was part of the art scene in Cologne in the eighties and attracted attention for the first time in the circle around Martin Kippenberger. Language and the written word are essential components of his art; his treatment of images and concepts is playful. His works are often provided with instructions that explain the apparent functionality of the object depicted, however whose sense is reduced to absurdity. Published by Hatje Cantz (Amsterdam).
144 pages, 17 x 24 cm, hardcover, Hatje Cantz (Amsterdam).