In the book “Franz West schrieb”, the editors Mrs. Ines Turian and Mr. Ernst Ulrich Obrist make the so called “Schriebe” of Franz West available to the public.
What are those “Schriebe”? As the editors describe, “Franz West has been writing texts, notes, remarks and aphorisms non-stop since 1975”. It is described, “that he attaches these texts to his sculptures, continuing the sculptural expression linguistically without illustrating or explaining. In places the titles, epithets and text scan raise awareness of the sculpture’s form, in others they can drive the viewer mad or fascinate like the cryptograms of a lingual alchemist. Texts accompany Franz West’s complete oeuvre.”
Allow me to make a link to the famous René Magritte. Magritte is one of the artists, who used words, notes etc. in his paintings as part of “communication” with the viewer and thus tried start a dialogue. The “(art)object” is talking to the “(art) subject” (–> which is the viewer). For me, Franz West further develops that kind of communication, going steps ahead and let the “art subjects” act with his artwork. He integrates “subject” and “object”, let the the “subject” and the “object” get into a symbiosis and thus transform the piece of art into “performance” or how I want to call it “spiritual capital”.
So I am not wondering that “writing” or “describing” is something important for Franz West´s oevre. He puts it on a same level as his art work or his performances because they just belong together.
As long you are feeling, smelling, reading and seeing you are experiencing and understand what “spiritual capital” is all about.
I am very lucky to be able show one of the original notes (or “Schriebe”) from Franz West. Here Franz West is referring to Theodor W. Adorno (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodor_W._Adorno) “under Adornos ice-cold sun of the capitalism” which he writes on a notepad of the brasilian Copacabana Palace hotel.
May the power and the art & color of Franz West´s words inspire you as they inspire me!