Wenn ich mit was Wünschen dürfte [M.D. auf Omas Tapete], 2008 Cassette tape and acrylic on canvas. 94 3/4 x 62 1/4 in. (240.7 x 158.1 cm).
Please note that the song recorded on the cassette tape is ‘Wenn ich mir was Wünschen dürfte’ (‘If I was allowed a wish’) by Marlene Dietrich whose initials appear in the work - M.D. auf Omas Tapete (‘M.D. on grandma’s wallpaper).
Since 2000, I’ve been working on the tape collages, and this is one of the most important elements in my work. My collages always follow the same construction; the tape bands are glued on a big canvas, vertically, from left to right. Nearly every work is linked to a song and its length builds the composition. So, one could say that I’m obsessive, but I think that this is something every artist shares.
- Gregor Hildebrandt
(R. Lamarche-Vadel, “Interview: Gregor Hildebrandt,” Stil in Berlin, November 2, 2010)