This piece is one of the works from Marxhausen’s “Dryer Lint” series. It is composed of cloth, threads, felt and dryer lint. There is a glare from the lights in the photographs, sorry about that. Note that the device used to hang this piece is a later addition that we are using to preserve the artist’s original framing.
“Years ago, I met a man who noticed lint. After Reinhold Marxhausen watched his wife clean the clothes dryer screen, he began to collect this peculiar stuff, not seeing throwaway material, but texture, color and invention. A Professor of Art at Concordia College in Nebraska, he layered the multi-colored fibers under glass, forming abstractions that echoed landscape. I bought one, as a reminder to look more closely at my immediate world.
‘The philosophy of lint’, I call it, a way of noticing beauty in the simplest of things, which was Marxhausen’s intention all along. Value the commonplace, he meant. See the abstract cracks in the asphalt. Appreciate the symmetry of dead branches and the last soap bubble in the tub. Watch the pattern of light and shadow playing on the wall.”