in focus:

serena amrein, gris-gris and pirmasens

serena amrein did not stay in pirmasens to use an old shoe factory as her studio. yet, her paintings, like "gris-gris 1-4" (2017) or "gitter 3" (2016), described and depicted in rainer wieczorek's novella "pirmasens" as well, do exist. on the occasion of serena amrein’s new catalogue "kontakt" and her current exhibition at edition & galerie hoffmann, this viewing room presents a selection of amrein’s works virtually and in the fictional space of an excerpt from wieczorek's novella.

serena amrein, "gris-gris 3" (2017), pigment on canvas, 150 x 160 cm

serena amrein, "gris-gris 3" (2017), pigment on canvas, 150 × 160 cm

»gris-gris 1 and gris-gris 2«, says serena amrein and stretches new cotton fabric: 150 x 160 centimeters

rainer wieczorek, 2020

»gris-gris«, amrein replies to danski's question whether »the child already has a name.« »gray in gray«, translates wajaroff softly, and it seems as if someone from the diplomatic service is assisting a foreign politician. »thank you,« replies danski just as quietly, but audibly irritated and overlooks the fact that amrein is waiting eagerly for the first impressions that the new format might evoke.

»your best picture so far«, wajaroff jumps into the breach, »the dust that is getting darker and darker towards the corners - there is a lot happening off the line, unintended things that are in tension with the wavy you use the lines.«

danski nods. he can’t shake off his exclusion of the artist the night before. he's not like that. never been. he protests against himself. if he praised this picture too much, the wish to undo that damage might become evident. if, on the other hand, his judgment fell short of the approval of wajaroff, he would nourish the misjudgment that he was not entirely in agreement with amrein's presence, with her artistic work. so it remains with that nod: he has nothing to add to the words of the valued auxiliary standard bearer.

»auxiliary standard bearer?« amrein will ask when the opportunity arises; and don't forget the word if it comes to fraternizing with danski against wajaroff. »gris-gris 1 and gris-gris 2«, says serena amrein and stretches new cotton fabric: 150 x 160 centimeters.

there is nothing more for danski and wajaroff to do here than go back to the window and take the place that wieczorek has chosen for them. danski can now talk about coltrane, wajaroff about the wandervogel. they both know that. they sense the expectation of their parent just as children sense the expectations of their parents.

»›the power of god lies in his absence‹, says heiner müller.«

»are you thinking of besançon, of franche-comté, of boeuf bourgignon?«

danski nods.

»stay here in pirmasens. - wieczorek is no fool; he has experience, he will have thought something when he puts in in front of the window and lets amrein start hammering.«

»he draws the lines.«

»we are the dust.«

rainer wieczorek, 2020 (excerpt from "pirmasens" (weilerswist-metternich: dittrich verlag, 2020), 36–39. translation from the original german by robert b. roger, 2021)

book cover: rainer wieczorek, pirmasens, 2020, 124 pages, 21,5 x 14 cm, dittrich verlag

book cover: rainer wieczorek, pirmasens, 2020, 124 pages, 21,5 × 14 cm, dittrich verlag

"dingdong 2" (2011, two-part), pigment on canvas, 50 x 60 cm & 60 x 50 cm

"dingdong 2" (2011, two-part), pigment on canvas, 50 × 60 cm & 60 × 50 cm

"gitter 3" (2016), pigment on cardboard, 50 x 60 cm

"gitter 3" (2016), pigment on cardboard, 50 × 60 cm

"spannung" (2018), 63 x 58 cm

"spannung" (2018), 63 × 58 cm

"gris-gris 3" (2017), pigment on canvas, 150 x 160 cm

"gris-gris 3" (2017), pigment on canvas, 150 × 160 cm

supported by the federal minister for culture and media, neustart kultur and stiftung kunstfonds

Gefördert von der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien
Gefördert durch Neustart Kultur
Gefördert von der Stiftung Kunstfonds