Otto Piene, ‘PSAP #10: "From Zero To Zero"’, 2015,  ECC Collection

This book is the documentation of Personal Structures Art Projects # 10. It has been published as a limited edition. The edition comprises 110 copies of which 50 DeLuxe, numbered from 1 to 50, 50 DeLuxe hors commerce, numbered from I to L and 10 Artist Proofs, numbered from AP # 1-10. Each item of this limited edition consists of a book and a DVD in a case, housed together in a cassette. The DeLuxe edition is signed by Heinz Mack and additionally contains a photo of the “Entrance ticket” on the hand of Mack for the ZERO-Party at Bahnhof Rolandseck, 1966.

Series: Personal Structures Art Projects are projects which are documented as special edition artists’ books. Each project centralizes one artist and emphasises their work. All books in this series will be published by Global Art Affairs Foundation, the Netherlands. An excerpt of each project will additionally be published in the ongoing series Personal Structures: Time ∙ Space ∙ Existence.

Publisher: Global Art Affairs Foundation and coöperation with the European Cultural Centre

About Otto Piene

A founder of the 1960s Dusseldorf-based Group Zero, Otto Piene is best known for his paintings made with smoke and fire. Called Rauchbilder (smoke pictures), Piene applied solvent to pigmented paper and lit it on fire, developing images in the residual soot. Piene also created outdoor “figures” made from smoke that floated overhead—what he coined as “Sky Art”—including Olympic Rainbow, a project created for the ill-fated 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. For nearly 20 years, Piene served as the director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and in 2008, with Heinz Mack and Mattijs Visser, he co-founded the International ZERO Foundation to archive documents, projects, and images produced by the famous Dusseldorf collective.

German, 1928-2014, Laasphe, Germany, based in Düsseldorf, Germany

Solo Shows

2016
PLUTSCHOW GALLERY, 
Zurich,
2015
PLUTSCHOW GALLERY, 
Milano,
Otto Piene a Milano

Group Shows

2016
PLUTSCHOW GALLERY, 
Zurich,
STRATEGIES AGAINST CLAY
2015
PLUTSCHOW GALLERY, 
Zurich,
HORIZONS
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About Heinz Mack

Heinz Mack lives and works in Dusseldorf, Germany, where he constantly experiments with the effects of light and color. Regarding light as his central artistic theme, Mack works across many mediums—painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, and interiors—which use light to explore reflection, movement, and structure. Mack studied painting at the Dusseldorf Academy of Arts and received his philosophy degree from Cologne University in 1956; shortly after, he co-founded Group Zero—embracing a clean slate approach to design—alongside Otto Piene. In his early work, Mack created monochrome paintings of black or white parallel lines, followed by explorations of luminosity and movement through light reliefs and light cubes made of polished aluminum. In large-scale, environmental works, Mack has created light rotors, pillars, and columns, such as the columns he placed in the Sahara desert or his “light-and-movement” room for Berlin’s 1970 German Industrial Exhibition.

German, b. 1931, Lollar, Germany, based in Mönchengladbach, Germany