In this monumental drawing, Antonius Höckelmann spread a complex system of twisted hoses and voluminous loops and nodules across the entire surface of the paper. Reminiscent of intestines or cocoons, the forms have a dynamic and vibrant quality; they seem to be in motion, entangling with or pushing past one another. By adding fine white lines to the dark areas, the artist created the illusion of three-dimensional bodies. The result is a “spatial figure” that seems to be pushing its way out of the picture. It is as if the drawing was about to turn into one of Höckelmann’s styrofoam sculptures.
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