"Raumen 1", Walkmühle,  2016©Monika Houck

Axel Schweppe & Udo W. Gottfried, 2016©Monika Houck

"Raumen 1", Walkmühle, 2016©Monika Houck

"Udo W. Gottfried ist ein ungewöhnlicher Künstler. Sein Werk besteht aus sich vereinenden Gegensätzen. Es ist groß und klein, grob und zart, schwarz und weiß, Licht und Schatten, leicht und schwer, bodenständig und schwebend, heiter und ernst, freudig und traurig, spontan und durchdacht, leise und laut, figürlich und abstrakt, es ist Kettensäge und zarter Tuschestrich, vor allem ist seine Kunst eins: authentisch." Dr. Peter Forster

"Udo W. Gottfried is an unusual artist. His work consists of unifying contraries. It is big and small, harsh and soft, black and white, light and shadow, easy and hard, rooted and levitating, light-hearted and serious, joyful and sad, spontaneous and elaborate, silent and loud, figurative and abstract, it is chain saw and delicate ink stroke, above all his art is one thing: authentic." Dr. Peter Forster

Sibratshofen, 2016©Monika Houck

"Seine Kunst kann gar nichts anderes als Haltung sein. Seine Haltung liegt mitten im Leben und ist deshalb zutiefst menschlich. Es ist genau jene Kunst, die die Kunst zur Kunst macht und deshalb auf keiner documenta zu finden ist." Dr. Peter Forster

"His art is just attitude. His attitude lies in the midst of life and that’s why it is deeply human. It is exactly that kind of art that makes art art and that’s why it can’t be found on any documenta." Dr. Peter Forster

"Sie ist auch eine Verweigerung jenen Kräften gegenüber, die nicht begreifen wollen, dass Kunst in ihrem Kern mehr sein muss als die Erfüllung einer Erwartungshaltung. Sie muss unterlaufen, spielen, suchen, ja aufrichtig anarchisch sein und das Scheitern zulassen, um sich in ihrem Ergebnis dort wiederzufinden, wo Kunst hingehört, direkt zu den Menschen." Dr. Peter Forster

"It is also a refusal of those forces that do not want to understand that art in its core has to be more than just satisfying an expectation. It has to undermine, play, search, even has to be sincerely anarchic and let defeat happen, to find itself in its result exactly where art belongs: close to humans. Gottfried’s art touches and unsettles, it demands and appears to be heavy, then is as light as a feather again." Dr. Peter Forster

Sibratshofen, Atelier Barbara Wolfart, 2016©Monika Houck

"Monika Houck gets very close to this man in her photographs. In her portrait of him she abstains from all types of staging, this way she lives up to him and also to herself. In the best photographic manner we participate in what forms Udo W. Gottfried as a human and what forms his art. She shows the versatile main character full of multiple facets and offers large open space to subtle nuances in form of other people and scattered photographs of his drawings. 

In her mostly black and white photographs you won’t find anything formulaic and unnatural, the protagonist does not seem to be aware of being photographed. Apparently Houck feels to be part of what Gottfried really is. With a high sensibility she reaches simplicity in expression and thus a large effect. She also shows him in the moment of bliss. Gottfried experiences it deep inside, Houck brings it to the surface. " Dr. Peter Forster

Luna und Udo W.Gottfried, Walkmühle, 2015©Monika Houck

GO. Little Instants in the Life of an Artist.    
Authors: Udo W. Gottfried, Monika Houck
Introduction: Dr. Peter Forster  

128 pages thread stitched, hardcover, bilingual, 11.8x11.8 inches (300x300 mm) ISBN: 978-3-00-056489-5       
limited edition of 200  
45.- Euro
special edition of 30 with one original drawing of Udo W. Gottfried
150.- Euro

Druckerei Wanderer, Schwarze Kunst seit 1899
             
Launch in Galerie Linse, Wiesbaden, September 2nd, 2017. Available after september 2nd also in bookstores and my shop.