Since the early 1990s, the artist has elected the book as his main expressive tool, the starting point for his work and since then he has never stopped breaking the limits imposed by a medium as attractive as it is difficult. The thousands of books that the artist collects and preserves are not only characterized by their textual content, but even more by their form and material consistency: bound and compact books, whose hard covers are covered by a monochrome canvas in which only the simple typography of a title or a schematic illustration appear.
Beyond their textual content, the primary reality of these works is that of an object offered for manipulation. The artist uses each part of the book, deconstructs it, dismantles it, and then regenerates it in another form. He builds a parallel world, but unlike the writer accomplishes it through words, he uses his hands as a sculptor and the colours as a painter.
Literary Pharmacy is a true medical cabinet, where the countless bottles of medicines, carefully placed in a glass case, have labels made out by bookpages, that evoke authors and famous titles of world literature as if to suggest remedies to our health problems.
Literary Pharmacy is also the title of the precious artist’s book that, as per tradition, the gallery produces for every personal exhibition. The limited edition, signed by the artist, is a tale in pictures of the literary pharmacy in which Peter Wüthrich seems to suggest how therapeutic the book can be.
Grey canvas box containing 2 artist books
Fine art print
Each leporello is printed on the front and back
Book : 20.5 x 16 cm, open 20.5 x 91cm
Box: 42 x 31x 3,5 cm
Edition of 10
Signed and numbered