Choosing to work with words if you are an artist has a not inconsiderable advantage in terms of possibilities. Playing with words, as German artist Eike König does, means being able to play with something that is not real. In fact, language can detach itself from any form of reality, or rather, define a context completely unrelated to a precise idea of time and independent of the place in which this reality is told.
The words, especially if one chooses to use them in two-colour contrasts as in most of Eike König’s works, acquire expressive neutrality, which is entrusted solely to the size and weight of the calligraphic cell.
The artist’s typographical choices are what most characterise the compositions, in which the words and the arrangement of the letters suggest a key to interpretation, which is never obligatory. The texts and the gaps they create interact with the observer’s feelings and possibilities, and in this lies the responsibility and task of man: to be able to identify the tone, the voice of words that are only apparently silent.