office figures

* photography, text
26 Fine Art Prints à 21 x 29,7 cm, framed, Ed. 3+2

* artist book, 2022
Ed. 150, 14x20 cm, self-published
edit. layout, book concept and production: Nico Baumgarten and Bärbel Praun
with a text by Jonas Georg Christensen
in collaboration with publishing platform txt and JIR SANDEL (DK)

funded by Dorit & Alexander Otto-Stiftung
and Hamburgische Kulturstiftung

welcome to the studio

a space of 15 m²
with two windows
and a yellowish-brown linoleum floor

let‘s celebrate
inventory of things

stairs, movable
ladder, wooden
drop cloth
crepe tape

wrapping paper
silk paper
paper sheet, DIN A5, brown
foam sheet
foam mat
glass panel

wooden sticks, partly burned
various pipes, copper, plastic, aluminium
drilling cores, cylindrical
fluorescent tubes
hubcap retention rings

plaster, peeled off
drill holes

When I moved into my studio in 2019 I was told that the building, probably from the 60ies in an industrial area of Hamburg and had once been a custom office, would be torn down soon to build a new living and shopping area. The room itself was small, squared and had a kind of platform at the two windows where I imagine the clerk sitting at their desk. The floor was a yellowish-brown linoleum and apart from that the room was empty when I moved in. In this dusty and frumpy atmosphere I noticed little traces in the room, leftovers, stories from whom might have worked here. Scratches along the wall, probably from an office chair scrubbing. Holes from nails, at some places still screws in the wall. Crumbling plaster at the ceiling.This was the starting point of the series 'office figures'. I started to fill the space with geometric shapes, stellar constellations, softened corners – and continued until I had to move out the following year. All materials used for these interventions in the room are discarded and found objects.

installation views
Dzialdov,  Berlin 2019
Raum linksrechts, Hamburg 2019