Butoh dancer who died in 2010 at age 103. Holger Endres conceived the work as a performance/installation at Galerie Bernd Kugler in Vienna. The press release explains the procedure –
Holger Endres will paint in an alternating sequence first a vertical
black line and then a vertical white line on the walls primed in
magenta. In a working process expected to last 45 hours, the 36m long,
2.80m high walls to be painted will be transformed into a forum for
enquiry into the meaning of life, for the interplay between space and
time, life and death, joy and mourning.
Commencing at the upper edge of the painting surface, Endres will draw
his lines freehand allowing them to run into the magenta. A small
interstitial space will be created between the black lines and the white
lines, so that they do not meet one another. His body will be entirely
focused on painting the lines.
At the end of each day, Holger Endres will encapsulate its essence on a
small canvas. Five works will be produced, capturing the energy and will
power of the day, ensuring the continued existence of the ephemeral