Katharina Gaenssler at the Rencontres d’Arles 2014
‘With her room-filling installations Katharina Gaenssler touches on fundamental questions of seeing and perception. In her collages and the subsequent dé-collages, as well as in her book objects she utilises the possibilities offered by the medium of photography, yet without yielding to classical constraints’, Hans-Michael Koetzle in Katharina Gaenssler, Ephemer, Salon Verlag, Cologne, 2010.
Characteristic of Gaenssler’s work is the deliberately large number of photographs she produces. The artist’s work begins with what could be called a photographic inventory. For her site specifically conceived projects she appropriates spaces or objects from the art context, such as Hanne Darboven’s studio, Kurt Schwitter’s Merzbau or Raphael’s Sixtine Madonna.
Gaenssler photographs a space from various perspectives employing a raster principle. Out of countless individual pictures she creates books being comprehensive visual archives of her projects which not only depict the space, the object, or an environment in particularly rich detail, but also emphasize a certain amount of time.
In her photo installations, the given material is translated into complex views of space, cubist or futurist looking assemblages. In contrast to the books the ‘walls’ are unique and temporarily executions of each ‘score’.
Barbara Gross Gallery, Munich, 2014
Artist nominated by Quentin Bajac for the Discovery Award of the Rencontres d’Arles.
Exhibition venue : Atelier de Chaudronnerie, Parc des Ateliers, Rencontres d’Arles 2014.