semi detached

1989-2010

 

The photograph semi detached & the half dimensional poems no. 1 combine to create a record cover (31.2 cm width x 31.3 height) commissioned for a group exhibition of 25 Jens-Uwe Beyer record covers celebrating 10 years of kjubh Kunstverein e.V. (Art Centre), at the Kölnischer Kunstverein (Cologne Art Centre) (D) 10th July 2010.

 

semi detached is a photograph taken in Alfred Unger’s apartment, Cologne, Germany, circa 1989. The motif is of a bookshelf in the artist’s grandfather’s library: a golden Buddha statuette and the 2 Stars of David that he and his wife were forced to wear in Nazi Germany are propped up against books on art, literature, the theatre of pre and Tanya Ury’s written poetry may be regarded as “concrete” because of its visual design, and unconventional aural effect when spoken - the texts thereby gain in dimension beyond accepted meaning.

Ury has also created other artworks that might be considered visual poetry. Moving Message 1992, incorporates an LED sign displaying the words: you are why; Sonata in Sea 1999-2000 is a photo series combined with poetry and wrestlewithyourangel 2001, is a neon sign produced together with the neon sign neonazi 2001; the title of a double photo portrait lesser is me more or less 2003 plays on the name of the German Post-Impressionist Lesser Ury, as does the title of a further double portrait or else 2007, which refers to the German writer Else Ury. The title of a third photo-portrait Beelzebularin 2005 (in the Promised Land series) reveals itself to be an anagram of the biblical Bezalel Ben Uri. half dimensional - semi detached 2010, combines the first of the half dimensional poems with the photograph semi detached.