|Hann Trier. Unveröffentlichte Poesie und Tuschezeichnungen.
Was es bedeutet, kann der Name nicht sagen
The oeuvre of Hann Trier (1915-1999), an artist born near Düsseldorf and one of the major representatives of the German Informel, is primarily associated with his countless canvas paintings, aquarelles, graphic prints and, over the last decades, his wall and ceiling paintings. Much less well known are his poems, his fascination and fun with language, with words and quotations, as well as his fondness for narratives, which in form and content have played a great role for him since the early 1950s.
The book on the artist–s 100th birthday published by the –Hann Trier Art Foundation? is devoted to this pictorial and verbal phenomenon. The way images and words exist in a dialogue becomes accessible in these as yet unpublished testimonies: as poems written for diverse events, the picture series Das gesteigerte Alphabet / heightened alphabet (1991) and the –ink drawings on poetry? from the 1980s. In the drawings the color scheme and rhythm give the lettering a gestural structure that pushes the sense of the words to the background, allowing the process of creative perception to dominate: what it means its name cannot say.