Marcel Odenbach. You Can't See the Forest for the Trees. 2003

Marcel Odenbach You Can't See the Forest for the Trees 2003

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Odenbach's upbringing in postwar Germany was inextricably linked with the country's sociopolitical history, a heritage he addresses in his compositions through the bits of text and images culled from a variety of mass–media sources that often fade into the background of the larger drawings. You Can't See the Forest for the Trees plays on a common expression and is a plea to not only see this particular forest as a forest but also take into account its context: the largest Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz–Birkenau, was named after the many birch trees surrounding the complex.

Gallery label from Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, April 22, 2009–January 4, 2010.
Medium
Cut-and-pasted printed paper, cut-and-pasted colored paper, ink, and pencil on two pieces of paper
Dimensions
85 3/4 x 117 3/4" (217.8 x 299.1 cm)
Credit
The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection Gift
Object number
2565.2005.a-b
Copyright
© 2019 Marcel Odenbach / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Germany
Department
Drawings and Prints

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