Herbert Weber

Lineares Denken, 2005

Inkjet print, 31.3 x 26 cm
Collection Fotomuseum Winterthur, acquisition with financial support by the Bundesamt für Kultur
Inv. no. 2006-129-001
© Herbert Weber

Herbert Weber
b. 1975 (Frauenfeld, CH), lives and works in Toggenburg, CH

Herbert Weber comments ironically on linear thought in his picture of the same name, depicting it as a kind of distorted, wooden, tortured thinking: only the elastic suspenders seem still to function; otherwise, the figure is obviously waiting in vain for one of the knotholes scattered across the wooden panelling to open up and allow a view of the world and some insight. Weber’s choreographed cabinet pieces – most of them realised in a “natural habitat,” with himself as a respectably clothed, correctly coiffed protagonist – deal with themes of everyday life and small philosophical questions, while at the same time, adding some irony to them. A humorous distance is easily established between the mostly black-and-white scenes, the titles and underlying text.