Nickel van Duijvenboden (1981) explores the potentiality of a writerly artist practice. To the extent that his work is material, it arranges the traces and remnants of a writing process; insofar as it is literary, it investigates the mental and moral identity of the artist. What art is or can be continually shifts; it is ultimately contained in the individual’s actions.
The exchange of letters occupies a pivotal role in his daily activities. Corresponding by mail constitutes an encounter in solid form, under controlled circumstances, allowing for a contemplation of the (im)possibility of a reciprocal approach. Each dispatch, once opened, may prove to be amorous or disastrous. Every letter could be the last; it could be undelivered or even left unopened, but it cannot be withdrawn. The remaining archive, along with its appendices and manual gestures, testifies to a relationship. It measures a difference, not only geographically (distance) but also personally (alterity).
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