A box containing a series of 28 + 2 collages / visual poems
in an ABC sequence and inspired by the Statue of Liberty.
Inkjet on BFK Rives 210 gram.
21 x 30 cm - 50 copies signed and numbered.
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I started the work on "Dero Abecedarius" in the mid of july 2001.
The work should have two principles of order: the sequence of the pages should follow
the normal ABC, and the basic theme should be the Statue of Liberty which I am
collecting since many years.
This subject is a public-relation one in many variations, so that I could work
on the idea of freedom especially with these partly absurd copies of our consumer society,
to question it poetically and theoretically.
There exist three structures: 1. A-C, D-F, G-I, J-L, M, N-R, S-U, V-Z; 2. A-C, D-F, G-I, J-L, M, N-R,
S-T, U-Y, Z; 3. A-C, D-F, G-I, J-L, M, N-P, O-R, S-T, V-Y, Z on four levels: black/poetic, green/poetry,
Within this work are personal experiences of many visits to the USA and the absurd idea, that a letter
has its own meaning/importance. The ABC as an own sign-world and as an example for the dealing with
seeming/apparent unliberties and so called rules.
I work on the sequences usually by making first all collages on the pages, then the
text-elements and finally a follow-up of a few corrections in the existing collages.
The work should have had 28 pages and was done for an exhibition in the Buch- und Schriftmuseum Museum
of the Deutsche Bibliothek Leipzig with the opening on the 8th of November 2001.
On the 11th of September all collages on the pages were done and also some pages with text-elements.
Looking back that particular day over my work I noticed some elements which I can`t explain: I saw some
disturbing connections. So on pages F, M, O and Z. I added after the 11th of
September some new elements only in the existing collages of page R and Y, and
I added the last two pages after Z. So that now the work has 32 pages as a consequence of the
11. September and was finished on the 21st of October 2001.
The original work is in DIN A 4 size, each page containing letraset, handwriting and collages, is now part of
the Dencker-Archive Kunstbibliothek Berlin/Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz and was first printed
in the monograph: Klaus Peter Dencker, Visuelle Poesie 1965-2005. Ed. Kunstbibliothek Berlin.
Weitra/Austria 2006, p. 252-281