said Ger van Elk in a 1977 interview. (Via Artforum.com's obituary)
Van Elk's sensibility was characterized by simple, humorous and often touching gestures. The artist's direct approach is perfectly on display in the piece he contributed to Gery Schum's Fernsehgalerie. In the 1960s and 70s Gerry Schum ran a television gallery, an entity whose exhibitions existed only as broadcasts on German television. For the exhibition themed "Identifications" van Elk produced the work seen below.
Ger van Elk died on August 17th at the age of 73.
Ger van Elk • The Well-Shaven Cactus • 1970 • from Indentifications - Fernsehausstellung II, Fernsehgalerie Schum
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