The drops were made within the extensive research project on Rudolph Abel, the spy who pretended to be an artist. The term “drop” caught my special attention when I was reading the biography by Louise Bernikow. A ‘drop’ is something lapidary that is almost not there. It indicates the short state of something liquid, such as f.e. a raindrop. In this type of fugitive, the term ‘drop’ is used for small hiding places. Such places are familiar to only a few people who deposit messages in there. Visual cues such as chalk marks indicate a filled ‘drop’. The places of the drops are characterized by their nonspecificity. In 2009, I searched all the known drops in New York for Rudolph Abel’s agent activity. Above all, I have found the urban surroundings that have hardly changed in half a century.
The photographs of these places have been cut as miniature reliefs from which I made frottages. 80 different motifs form the first part of the series.