These works use background images by Max Hutzel (1911-1988), who photographed in Italy from the early 1960s until his death. The result of this exhaustive and elegant project (over 72,000 images) was referred to by Hutzel as Foto Arte Minore – a documentation of art historical developments in Italy up to the 18th century.
1In our town there is a doorway blocked by a placard that reads “unborn”. 2We believe it to have been placed there by a diviner. 3It is said to refer to now, rather than any earlier time.
1Once, four sailors walked near one of our places of worship and saw that “BASK” had been written upon it. 2The first sailor doubted that this was a word. 3The second thought it was, and that it reminded him not to over-work, and to bask in the sun. 4The third said that it had been written by a diviner and that it was a reminder of the sailors’ main task. 5The fourth remained silent.
1It has been recorded that the three visiting voids said: “The wisdom of the ages is written on our skins”. 2We find now this same text emblazoned on places of our worship.
4. primordial edicts
1In the beginning the three visiting voids gave the primordial edicts. 2These dour siblings spoke the edicts and our diviners wrote them down. 3We sailors petition the diviners for the edicts. 4Though they cannot now be spoken, there are references to the edicts in the crypts of our realm. 5The edicts were wordless texts of wisdom and that is why we say they were spoken by voids of valence.
Background Images (Max Hutzel, 1960 – 1990, credit Getty Open Content Program):
“1. unborn” – from “Lazio–Roma–Subiaco–Sacro Speco, Image 128”.
“2. bask”- from “Campania–Caserta–Caserta–Palazzo Reale, Image 13”.
“3. wisdom of the ages”- from “Abruzzo–Alanno–Madonna delle Grazie, Image 8”.
“4. primordial edicts” – from “Campania–Caserta–Santa Maria Capua Vetere–Mitreo, Image 33”.