Hannah Gieseler, Monika Goetz, Johanna Jaeger, Elisa Sighicelli at Schwarz Contemporary, Berlin
Entering the gallery, we come across two works by Italian artist Elisa Sighicelli. Untitled (OSB) appears as a box made of medium density fibreboard. By taking a closer look, one discovers a photograph of a sheet of fibreboard. The photograph is mounted on the same wooden box the artist has photographed: the front of the work is a photograph while the sides are made of real wood. Usually,photographs are mounted, framed or published in books and the motive becomes the subject: Sighicelli creates a relief, in which the display of the photograph becomes part of the subject matter. Photographs are often produced as an edition, but in this case it becomes a unique piece because of the impossibility to reproduce the box in identical form.
Also, in the delicate interweaving of lines in her work Untitled (Strings and 3 + 3 Nails) the choice of the medium is not immediately evident. Coloured lines woven with each other, spring into space as a three-dimensional sculpture by means of the real nails that hold in place the panel, on which the photograph is mounted. Johanna Jaeger also uses photography in her floor piece cone interior from 2013: does the standing, rectangular photograph really show us the interior of the plaster cone? One would like to lift the cone from the wooden pedestal and check. Is the cone indeed hollow? And what do we see on Johanna Jaeger’s nine part series n.t. (yellow, magenta, cyan)? What is the object being photographed and what is the colour’s voyage on this object? Another question one may ask is up to which point photography remains pure photography or – as in Sighicelli’s works – it enters the domain normally assigned to sculpture.
Monika Goetz presents her mirror work Fractured Space (2010) and the video work Per Aspera Ad Astra she has recently produced. Furthermore, three lithographs from 2013 are on display made in collaboration with Key Stone Editions, printmakers in Berlin. Here, Monika Goetz made drawings on a photosensitive plate using sparklers. Burning sparklers, in different compositions, were fixed onto light sensitive aluminium plates. The subsequent prints were produced using the traditional lithographic process. Dense, pitch black but at the same time tender imprints on the paper remind us of exploding fireworks. Also in Johanna Jaeger’s work next to Goetz’s prints – strobes 1 + 2 from 2013 – the contrast of black and white and the perception of light and shadow come to the fore: instead of providing light for an image, these two strobes are lighting each other and don’t do their job as illuminators properly.Hannah Gieseler used more than 500 kg of glass bricks in her work Untitled (Glasbausteine) in the same room. The proportions of an existing element have been overpowered: the glass bricks – a typical architectural element from another decade, present in the gallery space – have been increased in size by 44 per cent and tilted over by 90 degrees without further ado.
until 20 July 2013
Hannah Gieseler, ohne Titel (Etiketten), 2013
Elisa Sighicelli, Untitled (OSB), 2013
Monika Goetz, Fractured Space, 2010
Johanna Jaeger, n.t. (yellow, magenta, cyan), 2012
Courtesy of SCHWARZ CONTEMPORARY, Berlin
Photos: def image