The word Gedankenstrich(-e) ("dash(es)"), repeatedly inscribed in Darboven's volumes, serves as a pause, as a transition from one form of writing to another (e.g., from the printed to the handwritten), or as a coda to a filled page. The rhyme with Pinselstrich(-e) ("brushstroke(s)") brings to mind Conceptual Art's transposition of perceptual phenomena and linguistic morphemes: a painterly mark tranformed into a written signifier.

PHOTO: Hanne Darboven, 12 Kalenderblätter (12 Calendar Sheets), 1984 (detail).

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