German abstract painter Sig Bang Schmidt works since 2002 on objects connected with the Great War. He chooses photographs from the war and over paints them digitally, cutting parts out, “rearranging” the pictures. This fragmentation makes new images arise, transmitting ideas and messages that were not (or not directly) visible in the originals.
Extraordinary are the poems that go with the paintings. The American poet Steve Dalachinsky did more than just add text to the images. His intense and sometimes heartbreaking poems are inextricably bound up with Schmidt's paintings.
Dalachinsky has been writing poetry for many years and has worked with jazz musicians. His last books are "Trial and Error in Paris" and "Quicksand". He knows Schmidt from the years (1991-1996) the German worked as an artist in New York City.
In 2004 Dalachinsky and Schmidt published together a book called Flying Home: an 21th century view on World War One. Their art was exhibited in art galleries and also in the Anti-War Museum in Berlin.
Click on a small photo below - and you'll get the full picture and the complete poem.
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If there were only one star. one stone. one man.
We are not figurines
|The Big Angel
It kills you while it's giving you life.
|City (the symphony of toys)
At night I am scared.
Battalion battle on
The door to his insides
We walk the swamp
|Fade (gas total)
Fade into the bleeding skin of time's wall.
The green seaside
|Horse (call me no other)
On the shore
|Icarus in NO MAN's LAND
In no man's land
Borrow the road
This is not something
Handsome child &
There is no rest for one who is waiting.
|Somme (I carry you no longer)
Thin slight sickly man
Stretched from star to star
Today my time has been wasted again
My job was going
Thgil ite wash ash
To an article (in German language) by Bernd Ulrich and Ernst Volland on The Great War as an Art Happening.
To Sig Bang Schmidt's webpage.
Read more on Steve Dalachinsky.
To the Contemporary Art page of The Heritage of the Great War.
To the frontpage of The Heritage of the Great War.