Works I can't stop thinking about: Roman Signer, Old Shatterhand (or anything by him, really)

Swiss artist Roman Signer might at first be thought of as 'artist as trickster.' For years he has probed simple phenomena, properties of the physical world, and the artist's relationship to often surreal realities of corporeal existence. 

"Signer adds a further dimension to the concept of sculpture as we know it, a medium which, in the course of the ongoing subversion of traditional boundaries launched upon in the 1960s, had already been expanded to include unconventional materials and actions. Put simply, he examines the basic elements of fire, water and air in terms of their sculptural qualities, albeit not in the manner of Land Art, which tends to effect an overt rearrangement of natural materials within or upon the landscape."

The work, Old Shatterhand, like many of his videos, films, performances, and photographs, is downright slapstick in its simplicity, complex in its implications and ultimately indicative of the problems that we all face as we move through the world. No matter how hard we try, we can't shoot the can...

This video on YouTube I shot (surreptitiously...) at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin in 2007 where there was a comprehensive survey of Signer's works.