Andreas Fiedler (Ed.)
Combining jarring historical artifacts with the collective memory, German sculptor Asta Gröting (b. 1961) presented her first solo exhibition of Berlin Fassaden at the KINDL, Centre for Contemporary Art (Berlin, 2017). Gröting covered the gallery walls and floors with sculptural silicone impressions of Berlin facades containing traces of bullet holes from World War II. Dust, dirt, and even graffiti were layered over the silicon casts, giving the negative imprints an almost painted effect while embodying trauma and the suspension of time in a ghostly silicone skin. Gröting chose to use her exhibition catalog to create a second interpretation of the work. She assembled a collage-like artist book filled with her raw black and white photographic details of the wall markings set next to documents of her making the wall casts and then connecting the two bodies of work with a running text that identified the corresponding location, dimensions, and date of each wall image. Gröting brilliantly reconstructed these past wounds as architectural traces and translated them into meaningful abstract pictures. Texts by Andreas Fiedler and Deborah Levy.
Softcover / 8 ½ x 12 in. / 56 pp / 46 b&w
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KINDL, CTR FOR CONTEMP ART, BERLIN
In Contact, we meet eleven different wild animals, from a fox to a beaver and even a polar bear. The minimal images are literally traces and testimony of bodily contact with the animals. Swiss artist/photographer Michael Günzburger (b. 1974) and printer Thomi Wolfensberger developed a method of capturing an animal’s impression through lithographic printing. The lithographs make single hairs on the animal’s body visible while creating an ethereal tracing of its existence in black and white. Contact comes from Günzburger’s long exploration of line drawing applied to his photographic work. The result is fascinating, elegant, and mysterious. Along with the images, noted Swiss novelist Lukas Bärfuss has created an accompanying work of fiction that takes the reader on an expedition through the northern woods to the frozen wilderness of an island in the North Sea, exploring the history, geography, and zoology of the surroundings. The combination is an excellent mix of elegant materials, unique content, and engaging text.
384 pp / 276 b&w
Retail Price: $48.00