Choose between two different categories of pawns: A and B. They are divided by designs, materials, sizes. Each piece is unique.
Gregor Hildebrandt (*1974) saw a photograph by Will Steacy, an American photographer who had created a series about pawnshops in the United States. This, in turn, prompted Gregor Hildebrandt to play with the meaning and sense of the word pawnshop, i.e. to set up a shop in which chess pieces (pawns) were to be sold. When these are not directly connected to the game itself, he sees them and the shop itself as sculptures. For this purpose, he assembled the pawns in an installation covering the entire wall in evenly arranged rows of shelves. With this artist’s book, Gregor Hildebrandt further explores a wide variety of variations on the theme, including chess pieces of the most varied nature in their surroundings, chess patterns on floors and walls, on clothing, as a motif in his own abstract painting, and as decoration at an overseas cemetery. Gregor Hildebrandt's collages, panel paintings, photographic works, and installations have always been a source of astonishment, even sensation, having used analog data carriers, i.e. audio and videotapes as well as records and their casings and covers as source material.