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Edited by: Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg Texts by: Charles Esche, Magnus Haglund, Raimar Stange, Barbara Steiner, Nils Plath, Slavoj Zizek German, English 2003, 168 Pages, 235 Ills. Softcover 267mm x 216mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-1273-6
First prize in the international competition "Best-Designed Books from all over the World" 2003

In his artistic oeuvre, Olaf Nicolai questions the processes of perception in order to elicit a different kind of reception. "Questions of form, moods, attitudes and style are not just vain play with surfaces. They are questions of organizational forms of activities", he writes in his essay Show Case. In his works, Nicolai displays attitudes and styles, combining and collecting them. He integrates both classical artistic techniques and collecting, the securing of evidence and archiving as the activities of an artistic production. In his surprising, often overwhelming installations, Nicolai combines current questions of natural sciences and the liberal arts with conceptual works that refer to biology, architecture, aesthetics, iconography, history and the general processes of civilization and urban life. His focus is on the construction and exploration of new aesthetic contexts, often reflecting the difference between nature and art, naturalness and artificiality. The monograph is published to mark the occasion of Olaf Nicolai receiving the Kunstpreis award of the city of Wolfsburg in 2002.
» The reader/viewer is amazed at what can be pressed between the covers of a book. Berlin artist Olaf Nicolai has realized a number of his works in book format, so to speak . . . a book to be enjoyed and admired, perhaps even a collector's item. «
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