© Paul-Aymar Mourgue d'Algue

Paul-Aymar Mourgue d'Algue
Bendicht Walthert
Dust in the Wind

Brooklyn, NY the 26th of October 2003

Dear Bendicht,

I don't know much about this art show we are doing together. I don't how the exhibition's place looks like and where it is placed and I won't see the show, as I am currently living on he other side of the Atlantic. You asked me to write a text about the exhibition.

I believe the title will be "Dust in the wind", which immediately brings to mind a romantic and ephemeral environment. You explained to me over the phone what you want to present for this exhibition. From what I understood, you will show old wallpapers with frame traces done by time that he scrapped off walls. Accumulation of dust highlights the missing images and frames the absence of a photograph, a picture.

I am sending you some of my black marker drawings. I told you on the phone that the paper would be entirely filled with black. There is an obscure element to all these drawings. Some contain only four words, a graphic sentence. This drawn description of a situation I felt, imagined or experienced is minimal and highly subjective. Yet, it is open enough to leave the viewer's imagination wander through these mental landscapes. Your work is about forgetting and remembering, memory; mine deals wit h anxiety towards the future.

Black on black, paint it black. These drawings are translating my state of mind. The medium used forces me to work on these drawings for hours, repeatively. As if I tried to empty my head of my doubts and my lack of confidence by endlessly performing the same gesture. There is ambivalence to these works. On the one hand they are comments about the environment I live and work in I wish to put out. On the other, their cryptic nature forces the viewer to make an effort to discover what the drawing tells. They are more confessions than loud statements.

Bendicht, thank you for installing my works. I trust your judgement and taste.


Eine Veranstaltung des Studiengangs Bildende Kunst, HGKZ Zürich.

Ausstellungsdauer: 7./8.11.2003
Oeffnungszeiten: Sa 14 - 17 Uhr

Sihlquai 125 (im Hinterhof)
8005 Zürich