Niklaus Manuel Güdel

The Memory of Silence

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Niklaus Manuel Güdel
The Memory of Silence

Text(s) by Sophie Vantieghem, Yves Guignard, Diane Antille, Léa Bismuth, Karine Tissot, contributions by Chus Martínez, introduction by Dominique de Font-Raulx, foreword by Natahlie Fleury

German, English, French

2015. 244 pp., 178 ills.

hardcover

24.60 x 30.50 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-4012-8

Scenic “soul images” with high recognition value

In his singular paintings, Niklaus Manuel Güdel (*1988 in Delémont, Switzerland) assigns a void to the actual pictorial subject. The people or animals he portrays are merely roughly outlined. Yet we recognize the shapes—our brain has stored countless illustrations and figures and is trained to immediately fill in any visual absence, any empty area in our field of vision. Yet a “blind spot” of this kind causes us to pause and in the end also stands for the unnamable, the unrepresentable essence of every living being.

Güdel’s painterly gesture and his artistic strategy have earned him international recognition. His most recent works, the Comme un blanc series, are particularly interesting: attesting to the terrors of war by not depicting them and not showing the traces they leave behind is a moving symbol for the impossibility of expressing the experienced horror.

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