72 stones, white touch-up stick
72 unique works, with certificate
exclusive for the Kunstverein
The work Okerstein was created for Mark Wallinger's retrospective at the Kunstverein and was on view there in its entirety. For the edition, the artist collected 72 stones from the river Oker in Braunschweig and numbered them by hand from 1,001 to 1,072 with a white paint pen. The work exemplifies Wallinger's approach: taking the world as it is and revealing the underlying meanings of things through minor interventions. Stones, for example, are popular collector's items to perpetuate memories and are repositories in which time is literally deposited. As such, they function as memorial, grave, or boundary stones and are anchored in linguistic usage ("Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones" e.g.). Additionally, they stand for primitive tools as well as for political protest – the list could be continued endlessly. Through their individual sale as annual gifts, Okerstein's 72 components are scattered among various locations.