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Drawings by Ingo Giezendanner


In Zürich there is a calm kitchen, in which all food containers are stripped of their labels, and in the kitchen there is a table with two wooden chairs. At one of these chairs sits artist Ingo Giezendanner (pen-and-ink name GRRRR) with his treasure tin of colored pencils within reach—every tip sharp. Natural light slants over his shoulder onto the table’s checkerboard pattern, which could be described as blue-and-white, although the blue shifts over the course of a day from cobalt to Prussian to cyan and turquoise and back again and the white has creamed over time.

At this table, throughout the boxed-in years of 2020 and 2021, Ingo established a ritual of drawing the objects in front of him at a given moment. The result is Kitchen, a pocket-sized (9×13.2cm) compendium of 49 colored-pencil drawings. His tabletop tableaux document an eternally unpeeling orange; impromptu vanitas in the form of a coffee-filter holder doing double duty as a compost bin, a candle approaching guttering, pencil shavings; a needle and thread, their purpose touchingly unspecified; a ring of latent power and a rainbow bead bracelet; a nutritious and delicious spread of fruits, spices, herbs, and bottled vitamins; and so on.

We are fairly confident that future anthropologists and alien nutritionists will scrutinize Kitchen to study how Ingo, who is a non-stop inspiring creative soul (Kitchen is #92 in his decades-spanning shelf of GRR zines and artist’s books), kept himself healthy and sane during a challenging stretch for humanity.

The book includes a painting by Maria Pomiansky of the slippered, tousled artist at work drawing a red cabbage; and a poem by Stefan Lorenzutti about his fateful decision to open a bottle of wine with a woodworking tool.


Edition of 500
104 pages, paperback, color offset, sewn & glued
Printed on Arctic Munken Print Cream 115 and Pure Rough 300
Concept, drawings, and layout by Ingo Giezendanner
Pre-flight process by Nina Gregier
Painting of the artist by Maria Pomiansky
Poem by Stefan Lorenzutti