Wolfgang Temmel


The project 'A Collection of Angels' was realized in New York in 1980 and found its conceptual coherence exclusively in the imagination of the participants and in the concluding book publication. It is a prime example of the relinquishment of the expression of the individually imprinted state in favor of a reference to cultural context: the communications-network of people constituted by aesthetic marking and not summarized in the aesthetic coding of an existential state:

Temmel stamped angels' wings on the backs of 71 participants - Japanese, English, Swiss, Icelanders, Puertoricans... who did not know each other. A person's back is a part of the body that is never directly visible to the person himself. With the knowledge of being a part of an art project, these marked persons evolved, as the project progressed, into a globally linked human network, a human sculpture.
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