Linster researched the cross-media divergence in manuscripts and letters of Franz Kafka and Samuel Beckett and presents these swift and simultaneously dynamic, often comic-like visual fantasies as found footage. He discovered the Doodles like pressed flowers, bugs or butterflies between the pages. Copied out in his own hand, they are now presented on the gallery’s walls, thus directing the focus of attention to an unknown characteristic of the author’s aesthetics and personality. Linster offers a stage for these odd figurations, this search in form of (seemingly) thoughtless scribblings: he presents the doodles on small tables, drawn in a style reflecting the sketchy impression of the exhibit. Standing, lying or sitting in this new limelight, they pose like whimsical, bizarre and animate objects.
Werner Linster, (born 1956), studied art, art history and art pedagogy at Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz, Germany, and at St. Martin’s School of Art in London. He lives and works in Berlin. His drawings and sculptures draw from his research in the crossover fields of cultural history of script- and pictureformation, experimental literature and music, and the physical expression in drawing. Linster’s works were presented in numerous solo and group shows in Berlin, London, San Francisco, Warsaw, Freiburg and Mainz.
CONTOURING A MIND No. 2 with Werner Linster,
Motion/Sound Designer: Luca Carcatera, Satellite Berlin TV, 2018