Alexander Gehring

Alexander Gehring

The Space Beyond

Curated by Katharina Bosse
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 9, 6-8pm
Thursday, January 9 – Saturday, February 15, 2014

Featuring: Norbert Eilers, Alexander Gehring, Andrea Grützner, Robert Schlotter, and Paula Winkler

Photography deals with the tension between the immediacy of its detailed surface and that which cannot be seen: the space beyond. Curated by Katharina Bosse as part of CCNY’s Guest Curators Program, The Space Beyond presents five young photographers who experiment with photographic/non-photographable space.

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CCNY CONVERSATION SERIES EVENTS

Katharina Bosse, Alexander Gehring, Andrea Grützner, and Paula Winkler
Saturday, January 11, 4pm at CCNY

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Paula Winkler set up an ad on the internet in order to meet men. Now they appear in front of the camera, their bodies exposed in typical hotel-room settings, the surface of their skin corresponding with the patterns of tapestry. Caught in the construction of an image, romance is absent.

In Alexander Gehring’s series the darkroom is no longer a place for black and white development, but a place of séance, in which obscure events manifest themselves. In this project the meaning is multi-layered as the analogies of darkroom/camera/medium relate to the history of using photography as scientific proof for the appearances of ghostly appearances.

Robert Schlotter’s work Memories and how to get them works with old amateur movies that are blended into one image using a long exposure. They seem familiar in a way that speaks about the memory of a collective culture, rather than that of any single person.

Norbert Eilers’ Privacy by Design tackles a current aspect of loss and memory: his images are generated from recycled hard drives. After reconstructing these images, they are sorted in categories derived from particular subjects. All beach pictures, for example, seem amazingly similar.

Andrea Grützner explores a historical Eastern German type of building called “Erbgericht”. In reconstructing architectural space using color lights, she creates abstract compositions, which resonate with fascination and estrangement of the past.

For more information about The Space Beyond, including a downloadable catalog in English or German, click here.

Katharina Bosse (1968, Finland), is an artist and professor at the photography department of FH Bielefeld University in Germany. Her work has been exhibited widely at museums and galleries in Europe and the US, recently in elles@centrepompidou, Paris, and the solo show A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Mother, Galerie Anne Barrault, Paris, and Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany. Her work can be found in many public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Museé d’Art National Moderne, Paris. She has published three books: Surface Tension (2000), New Burlesque (2003) and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Mother (2011). Her editorial work was featured in magazines including The New Yorker, Spin, Wired, Der Spiegel, Geo and the New York Times Magazine. Her website is www.katharinabosse.com

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the new york city department of cultural affairs in partnership with the city council.
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