Comprehensive monograph in the style of a catalogue raisonné, giving unique insight into the multidisciplinary practice of Reto Pulfer for the past fifteen years (with texts by Anselm Franke and Benoît Maire).
In the style of a catalogue raisonné, Reto Pulfer’s comprehensive monograph, Zustandskatalog: Catalog of States and Conditions, follows the artist’s work over the past fifteen years. Excerpts from the artist’s novels as well as insightful texts by Anselm Franke and Benoît Maire are juxtaposed with 475 documentary photographs of Pulfer’s technical drawings, one-off exhibitions, large-scale installations, and performances.
Categories such as living ceramics, food advice, ghostology, synesthesia, and transformation are woven throughout the book, giving unique insight into the ideas and imagination that are part of the work itself.
Published following the exhibitions of Reto Pulfer at Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, from May 29 to August 20, 2015; .Musée régional d’art contemporain Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerrannée, Sérignan, from June 28 to August 30, 2015; Spike Island, Bristol, from July 4 to September 20, 2015; Centre international d’art et du paysage de l’île de Vassivière, from November 15, 2015, to March 6, 2016; and at Fórum Eugénio de Almeida, Évora, from January 23, to May 1st, 2016.
Self-taught artist Reto Pulfer (born 1981, Bern, lives and works in Berlin) uses painting, drawing, writing, music, found objects and everyday materials such as textiles, food or spices to create intuitive, and yet complex, synaesthetic environments, “total artworks” that need to be experienced. Often immersive, always site-specific, they embody various mental and conceptual states or Zustände, as the artist calls them.