Barbara Schmidt Heins, Year 1979 (1979)
Barbara Schmidt Heins, Year 1979 (1979)
Barbara Schmidt Heins, Year 1979 (1979)
Barbara Schmidt Heins
Year 1979, 1979

Paperwork: Barbara Schmidt Heins & Gabriele Schmidt Heins

April 27 – August 31, 2018
FAHRBEREITSCHAFT, Berlin

Opening: April 24, 2018, 7 – 9 pm
Gallery Weekend: April 27 – 29, 2018, 12 – 6 pm

barbara and gabriele schmidt heins, participants in documenta 6 and 7, created a huge set of one-of-a-kind books in the 1970s. each book is handmade, with medium and material treated individually in each case. treatment of the books ranged from a neatly dissected part of a book spine to torn and reglued individual pages that were bound again back to front; and from the formal examination of the dimensions of a standard din a4 sheet of paper to rough copies removed from their binding and obscured with viscous paint.

the book works of barbara and gabriele schmidt heins are, however, not created through teamwork, despite fostering this impression at first glance. instead, each book signifies an individual contemplation of the medium and its nature, probing the objective and the subjective, the formal and the playful, the process and its representation.

the works 1 hour, subjective / objective (gabriele schmidt heins, 1976) and year 1979 (barbara schmidt heins, 1979) thus form the nucleus of this exhibition, along with a book work featuring an alleged golden section held up against the real golden section.

konstantin haubrok

Paperwork: Barbara Schmidt Heins & Gabriele Schmidt Heins, Installation view
Paperwork: Barbara Schmidt Heins & Gabriele Schmidt Heins, Installation view
Paperwork: Barbara Schmidt Heins & Gabriele Schmidt Heins, Installation view
Paperwork:
Barbara Schmidt Heins & Gabriele Schmidt Heins
Installation view
Barbara Schmidt Heins, Ripped pages out of the binding of a book and newly bound them mirror-inverted along the opposite long sides (1972)
Barbara Schmidt Heins, Ripped pages out of the binding of a book and newly bound them mirror-inverted along the opposite long sides (1972)
Barbara Schmidt Heins, Ripped pages out of the binding of a book and newly bound them mirror-inverted along the opposite long sides (1972)
Barbara Schmidt Heins
Ripped pages out of the binding of a book and newly bound them mirror-inverted
along the opposite long sides, 1972
Barbara Schmidt Heins, Used pencil and ruler to draw vertical lines across the whole middle length of the pages. Attempted to rip the pages along the drawn lines. Afterward glued the pages together again alongside the back with white adhesive paper tape. (1972)
Barbara Schmidt Heins, Used pencil and ruler to draw vertical lines across the whole middle length of the pages. Attempted to rip the pages along the drawn lines. Afterward glued the pages together again alongside the back with white adhesive paper tape. (1972)
Barbara Schmidt Heins, Used pencil and ruler to draw vertical lines across the whole middle length of the pages. Attempted to rip the pages along the drawn lines. Afterward glued the pages together again alongside the back with white adhesive paper tape. (1972)
Barbara Schmidt Heins
Used pencil and ruler to draw vertical lines across the whole middle length of the pages. Attempted to rip the pages along the drawn lines. Afterward glued the pages together again alongside the back with white adhesive paper tape., 1972
Gabriele Schmidt Heins, Painted in the smaller portion of the assumed golden section on the pages with gray paint. Then marked the actual golden section with a red pen (17.3:10.3). (1978)
Gabriele Schmidt Heins, Painted in the smaller portion of the assumed golden section on the pages with gray paint. Then marked the actual golden section with a red pen (17.3:10.3). (1978)
Gabriele Schmidt Heins, Painted in the smaller portion of the assumed golden section on the pages with gray paint. Then marked the actual golden section with a red pen (17.3:10.3). (1978)
Gabriele Schmidt Heins
Painted in the smaller portion of the assumed golden section on the pages with gray paint. Then marked the actual golden section with a red pen (17.3:10.3)., 1978
Gabriele Schmidt Heins, 1 Hour, subjektive / objektive (Excerpt) (1976)
Gabriele Schmidt Heins, 1 Hour, subjektive / objektive (Excerpt) (1976)
Gabriele Schmidt Heins, 1 Hour, subjektive / objektive (Excerpt) (1976)
Gabriele Schmidt Heins
1 Hour, subjektive / objektive (Excerpt), 1976

List of works

barbara schmidt heins
year 1979, 1979
courtesy the artist

barbara schmidt heins
product of chance, 1978

barbara schmidt heins
product of chance, 1978

barbara schmidt heins
product of chance, 1978

barbara schmidt heins
two 0.2 Å~ 5 cm
wide strips cut out of the upper and
lower corners of the pages with ruler
and knife, 1976/1977
courtesy the artist

barbara schmidt heins
a 0.2 Å~ 9.7 cm wide strip
cut out of the inner sides of the pages
with ruler and knife, 1976/1977

barbara schmidt heins
applied glue (approx. 1 cm
wide) to a bound book from the top right
edge of the pages to the center of the
long side edge. glued it to the respectively
previous page. then cut it open
again once dried, 1972/1977
courtesy the artist

barbara schmidt heins
offsetprinted a congruent red 1.5 cm-wide
sidebar on both sides of the left long
side of 100 pages, 1976
courtesy the artist

barbara schmidt heins
offsetprinted a congruent red 1.5 cm-wide
sidebar on both sides of the right long
sides of 100 pages, 1976
courtesy the artist

barbara schmidt heins
offset-printed a congruent red
1.5 cm-wide head bar on both sides
of 100 pages, 1976
courtesy the artist

barbara schmidt heins
bound 21 pieces of cardboard
(a4 size, 2 mm thick) into a
book. referring to the 21 cm width,
successively removed 1 cm, 2 cm, 3 cm
etc. of the outer edge on every second
cardboard and pasted it onto the
outside edge of the opposite page, 1972
courtesy the artist

barbara schmidt heins
hole-punched the middle of all pages along
the outerlong side with a paper punch.
thread astring through the holes and ripped
it out. painted the holes on both sides with
scumble, dunked in oil, then painted over
first with gray, then with a white topcoat.
pages partially stuck together along
painted parts. tear marks, 1972
courtesy the artist

barbara schmidt heins
used pencil and ruler to draw vertical lines
across thewhole middle length of the pages.
attempted to rip the pages along the
drawn lines. afterwards glued the pages
together again alongside the back with
white adhesive paper tape, 1972
courtesy the artist

barbara schmidt heins
folded the bottom right corners forward
and upward to the lefthand page edges
producing diagonal folds. fixated the
now horizontal page edges lying over
the remainders with white adhesive
paper tape. once dried, cut up the paper
tape again and bound the pages into
a book, 1972
courtesy the artist

barbara schmidt heins
painted over the outer contours of
the pictures of a children’s drawing book
with gray casein paint, 1972
courtesy the artist

barbara schmidt heins
ripped pages out of the binding of a book
and newly bound them mirror-inverted along
the opposite long sides, 1972
courtesy the artist

barbara schmidt heins
glued the pages of a book horizontally
and vertically centered with
white adhesive tape into the shape of
a block, 1972, courtesy the artist

barbara schmidt heins
bisected a4 pages by folding them along
the center of their short sides. attempted
to rip out rectangles in the middle of the
folds. then unfolded the pages again and
bound them into a book along the short
side of the pages, 1972
courtesy the artist

barbara schmidt heins
blotted ink spots in the optical center of
right-hand side pages of a bound book
and squeezed opposite pages together.
covered the ink spots with white
paint, 1972, courtesy the artist

barbara schmidt heins
sample page, 1972
courtesy the artist

gabriele schmidt heins
painted in the smaller portion of the
assumed golden section on the pages
with gray paint. then marked the actual
golden section with a red pen 
(17.3:10.3)
1978

gabriele schmidt heins
a4 pages split into thirds by a
line and a cut, 1978
courtesy the artist

gabriele schmidt heins
dropped a piece of cardboard with
two holes 8 cm apart seven times
lengthwise from a height of 40 cm
onto the middle of the pages and
marked the fallen spots. lines between
the points were drawn freehand.
they correlate to the seven days of the
week. six were drawn with pencil
(weekdays) and one line was drawn with
a red pen (sunday). the book has 52
pages, corresponding to the number of
weeks in a year, 1978
courtesy the artist

gabriele schmidt heins
carved out six rectangles, corresponding
to the six sides of a die. rolled a die once for every
page and cut out the matching field, 1978
courtesy the artist

gabriele schmidt heins
marked 1 cm large squares, 10 cm each
from the top and side edges of the
pages. then cut along the outline at the
top, right and left sides of the square.
took the resulting paper strip between
thumb and index finger and ripped it out
toward the bottom, 1977
courtesy the artist

gabriele schmidt heins
carved 36 horizontal lines (each line
15 cm long and 0.5 cm apart)
into the center of a stencil and typed
the respective number left to each one
on them using a typewriter. fed
the stencil into a stencil printer, made
100 copies and bound them into a book.
used a toy roulette game with 37 slots
(one for zero) and determined a number
between 1–36 for each page. covered
the corresponding stencil line with white
paint. pages which received a “zero”
were left untreated, 1977
courtesy the artist