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Age of Anxiety

A visualisation by Alexander Polzin in association with Benjamin Shwartz

Anxiety is the feeling that you have no destiny, (…) that you do not really know what you are supposed to become.

Professor Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, American literary theorist and Professor at Stanford University

Age of Anxiety (Trailer)

Alexander Polzin, Benjamin Shwartz, all images © Alexander Polzin, 2014

The Age of Anxiety – the 99 paintings

Literature and, above all, poetry have been a deep inspiration for Alexander Polzin’s artworks. In 2002, Polzin created a series of 99 paintings based on Auden’s book length poem, adopting the title Age of Anxiety. The essence of the feeling of anxiety is deeply expressed in this series of paintings.

Between the softness of the lines and the softness of the chaos I see a constant movement…  One correspondence between this oscillation between soft lines and soft chaos, this oscillation between becoming and unbecoming is the motive of anxiety

Prof Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht at the Alexander Polzin exhibition at the Los Angeles Goethe Institut

Recent performance at NFM, Wroclaw

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