Gertrude was written by Jan Erbelding for an eponymous exhibition at loggia, Munich, in spring 2019 as a performance text and read there for the opening on 17 May, 2019. The starting point of this text was the life and work of the spiritualist painter Gertrude Honzatko-Mediz (1893-1975). In his examination of the artist, Jan Erbelding approaches some of the questions that arise around perception and realities, fictions, drugs, death and utopias very intuitively. Erbelding is particularly interested in the emancipatory potential of a non-merely-material construction of the world.
Gertrude is now published as an artist's book by Hammann von Mier Verlag, together with an epilogue written by the author in 2020, which critically reflects on individual strands of the performance text and elaborates on them in the process.
Jan Erbelding is an author and sculptor. His artistic practice is text-based and communicates itself primarily through his performances/readings and in his publications. He works between historical facts, figures, fiction, and utopia – between very scientific references and seemingly less scientific ones. Most recently, his fanzine "Gustav Landauer Fanboy Text" was published in the series "vague intellectual pleasures."
Jan Erbelding – Gertrude
1st edition / 250 copies.
80p., 1c offset (Pantone 3515U), softcover with embossing, 10.5 x 17.7 cm
Hammann von Mier Verlag
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