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Günther Uecker

The White Mill

nails on canvas on wood, electric motor
1964
58 x 58 x 58 cm / pedestal height c 90 cm / 22 3/4 x 22 3/4

Today clearly a museum piece, Uecker’s „White Mill“ is a seminal work of the ZERO artist and combines his characteristic nail-covered, often white surfaces with double rotating discs to form an almost surrealist kinetic sculpture. Uecker’s mill aims to engage the viewer in an experience of time and space, intensifying this experience by the ever-changing aspects of the seemingly floating surfaces the nails create. It is this experience of perception, completely self-referential, elevating the artwork’s appearance over any interpretation, which was at the heart of ZERO’s intentions. In this case, though, Uecker allows the association of a mill, indeed his work is destined to grinding the viewer’s deadlocked perception.

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