Nick Böhnke

Penetrations of Space: Reflections on Iconic Formal Processes in the Ground of Günther Uecker’s Painterly Reliefs of the Late 1950s

Nick Böhnke’s investigation for Volume 3 of Notes on Uecker,, entitled Penetrations of Space: Reflections on Iconic Formal Processes in the Ground of Günther Uecker’s Painterly Reliefs of the Late 1950s expands the concept of ‘action’ to include painterly approaches by the artist up until the 1960s. Probing the interstitial realm between image and performativity, and with particular attention paid to the social upheavals of these years, Böhnke examines conceptions of the relief in Uecker’s work. The focus is on touching and grasping, in both its physical and notional senses, as well as the sensual and tactile aspects in the development of what are today iconic works by Uecker, such as his Nailing of a Piano (1964).

Authors
Nick Böhnke

Nick Böhnke, born 1985 in Schwerin, holds a doctorate in art history. He completed his bachelor’s degree in art history and European ethnology/folklore at Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel in 2012, where he also received his master’s degree in 2015. In 2019, he received his doctorate in art history in that university’s Department of Philosophy with his thesis Nam June Paik: Pioneer of Action Art.

Projects
In his research project Penetrations of Space, Nick Böhnke deals with the works of Günther Uecker that are among his earliest pictorial inventions, the Finger Paintings (1956), in the wake of which his “painterly reliefs” were created (1958).