Ulrichs, Timm – Der Findling (The Boulder) 1978

Timm Ulrich, Der Findling (The Boulder), 1978
Der Findling (The Boulder), 1978. via wentrupgallery.com
Timm Ulrich, Der Findling (The Boulder), 1978
Der Findling (The Boulder), 2007.
Performance (1978, 1980, 1981, 1982): 10 hours in a closed stone. Via wikimedia and wentrupgallery.com.

The two halves of a granite stone that had been sawn through and opened were hollowed out to correspond to the shape of the artist’s body. In a performance in Nordhorn from May 2–3, 1981, the naked Ulrichs spent ten hours closed in the encasement. Its photographic documentation gives utterly intense and varying impressions of the work. On the one hand, the artist seems born in stone, symbiotically one with nature. On the other, within the stone womb of the boulder his delicate and vulnerable form seems to be a symbol of utter loneliness and a need for protection.
– Michael Stoeber, “Journeys to the Self: Timm Ulrichs and the Self-Portrait” Keep Out of the Exhibition! Timm Ulrichs. Works from 1960 to 2010. p. 15–17. Via kunstverein-hannover.

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