- Chimney Sweep, 2020
- Edition of: 25
- Size: 70,00 cm x 50,00 cm
- Production: Siebdruck 127 / Julian Käser, Zurich
- CHF 520.00
Niklaus Rüegg's work "Chimney Sweep" refers to the 1952 'Donald Duck' story of the same name by comic author and draughtsman Carl Barks. The edition shows an overlay of several comic pages on which the narrative elements have been removed with an editor. The panels overlap so that the holes allow peering through to the next pages, i.e. the continuation of the plotless story. This creates new spaces between the pages, giving the work a sculptural character. The use of predetermined, limited vantage points is reminiscent of the peep-boxes realized by the artist.
"Chimney Sweep" is a continuation of Rüegg's work group "The voids": In this series of paintings, which is based on the classic 'Donald Duck' comics, the artist frees the pages of the book from any plot by making all figures, speech bubbles and other narrative elements disappear. What remains are empty backdrops and colourful backgrounds, everyday and surreal settings that invite viewers to play with events in their minds.
For the technical realisation of the edition, Rüegg chose the screen printing process to match the two-dimensional form language and the strong colours of his compositions. Black forms run through the picture sequence and lend the banal sceneries something strange. Such mysterious figures also appear in other works by Niklaus Rüegg, for example in "L'archive des ombres" [The Shadow Archive].