on focus
from 28.06.2019 to 09.02.2020

Michael Franz

Time remaining behind itself

Michael Franz (born 1974) critically questions the conditions of artistic production, often focussing attention on the claim to originality. For a group exhibition he curated in 2017, he created six drawings in four different standardized paper formats based on a painting by Horst Antes. Besides the issue of originality, this acted as a touchstone for questions concerning choices of medium (translation of painting into drawing) and format (standardized over individual). In the final version, the number of drawings has increased to nine, and a fifth format has been added (A0). The labyrinth into which Franz leads the viewer is not rendered less obscure by a video taking a nonchalant ironic film look at the banality of the art world.