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office figures
Bärbel Praun

welcome to the studio
a space of 15 m²
with two windows
and a yellowish-brown linoleum floor
let‘s celebrate

Publication office figures
Artists Bärbel Praun
Texts Jonas Georg Christensen
Graphic design Nico Baumgarten and Bärbel Praun
Publisher self published in collaboration with publishing platform txt and JIR SANDEL (DK)
Dimensions 200x140 mm
Pages 52
Binding staple bound
Available here

Bärbel Praun: “When I moved into my studio in 2019 I was told that the building, probably from the 60ies in an industrial area of Hamburg and had once been a custom office, would be torn down soon to build a new living and shopping area. The room itself was small, squared and had a kind of platform at the two windows where I imagine the clerk sitting at their desk. The floor was a yellowish-brown linoleum and apart from that the room was empty when I moved in. In this dusty and frumpy atmosphere, I noticed little traces in the room, leftovers, stories from whom might have worked here. Scratches along the wall, probably from an office chair scrubbing. Holes from nails, at some places still screws in the wall. Crumbling plaster at the ceiling.”

“This was the starting point of the series office figures. I started to discover and create geometric shapes, stellar constellations, softened corners – and continued until I had to move out the following year. All materials used for these interventions in the room are discarded and found objects.”

office figures by Bärbel Praun
artist book, 2022
Ed. 150, self-published
edit. layout, book concept and production: Nico Baumgarten and Bärbel Praun

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