Günter Uecker (b. 1930) is a German sculptor and installation artist, and member of the Group ZERO (with Heinz Mack and Otto Piene). At the beginning of the 1960s he began hammering nails into pieces of furniture, musical instruments and household objects, and then he began combining nails with the theme of light, creating his series of light nails and kinetic nails and other works. Light and electricity continued to be one of the main subjects and natural materials such as sand and water were included in his installations, resulting in an interaction of the different elements to create a sensation of light, space, movement and time. Uecker’s oeuvre includes painting, object art, installations as well as stage designs and films.
In the spring of 2000 Akira Gallery invited Uecker to Japan to convert the gallery into his studio for one month. Recording equipment was set up to record the sounds of the artist at work. Track 1 features Uecker working with hammer and nails. On track 2 he uses an axe to split a wood panel.