"Heim der Liebe und der Sünde" (2012)
(Home of love and sin), HD, 7:13 min.
by Johannes Amorosa
A film documentation of an art work of Martin Erhard consisting of 58 drawings, pencil / ink on paper, ca. 50 x 70 cm each and covering a total surface of 75 x 75 meters.
Film concept by Galerie Susanne Zander
Produced by Johannes Amorosa.
Copyright by Galerie Susanne Zander, Cologne, 2012.
With many thanks to Karin and Gerhard Dammann.
Little is known about Martin Erhard: he was born 1907 in Peissenberg in the very heart of the Upper Bavarian district of Weilheim-Schongau, where he worked in the local coal mine. He generally preferred the night shifts underground. He was neither married nor had children and lived most of his life with his sister. Those who remember him recall him often wearing rubber boots. All in all, Erhard seemed to be an unremarkable kind of guy. It is said that he liked to draw on the tunnel walls and on the mining carts down in the coal shafts. Because of his drawing talent the administration transferred him to the draughting office for a while, but soon he would return down to the mines below. Martin Erhard lived the last years of his life in an old age home in his home town of Peissenberg, where he died on December 15th,1979.
What strikes one the most when faced with Martin Erhard's work is the dichotomy between the world on the surface and the world that dwells down below: there is the cartographical landscape that stretches for over 50 DIN A2 sheets and which covers an area of around 75 square meters - a detailed topological survey along a seamlessly endless train track depicting fields, boundaries, train stations and the occasional shaft to the tunnels below. And then there is the underground: a series of blueprints for rooms that Erhard devised in what could be conceived for below the ground. These architectural plans show rooms for the "exercise of sexuality of all kinds according to desire and sexual appetite" (Ausübung von Sexualitäten aller Arten nach Wunsch und Trieblust), for "male perverts" and for "sadistic females", or for sports, exercises and art, as well as for the purpose of indulging in sinful pleasures ( Haus für Nachholung Sport, Übung und Kunst sowie zum Schauvergnügen mit sündhafter Geniessbarkeit). Alongside these works, Galerie Susanne Zander will also be showing a selection of self-observation documentation written by Erhard in an attempt to make sense of the duality of things.
Martin Erhard's work is included in the Collection of Arnulf Rainer.