Dienerkammer 3, 2008
Edition von 5 + 2 AP
100 x 100 cm
KUNSTAGENTEN gallery is pleased to present an exhibition with recent works by the artist Friederike von Rauch from February 14 until March 14, 2009.
With her otherworldly depictions of urban landscapes Friederike von Rauch has made a name for herself in the past few years. Her unique sense for atypical views has enabled her to photograph well known buildings in unfamiliar ways and bring life to seemingly deserted and inconspicuous sites. Berlin? Rotterdam? It is as if Friederike von Rauch always had been in a slightly different place. It isn't the grand narrative that captures her attention. Hallways, a niche, the rear-view of a building. Frequently she makes close-ups of her motifs and focuses on enclosed spaces. She pays special attention to hidden and forgotten areas. Where ordinary people believe to see nothing, that is where the work of Friederike von Rauch unfolds a life of its own.
Large piles of laundry in a misty landscape. In conjunction with the image of a textile surface on the following photograph, this seemingly surrealist scene suggests a hidden meaning. Likewise, the angled views of interior spaces appear to contain a secret code through the presence of certain particular details - such as part of a ceiling fresco or an opening in a wall leading to another room. Critics have used the metaphor that the artist powders her buildings as if they were exquisite Japanese maidens. Whiter-than-white white, off-white, dirty-white, bluish-white, yellowish-grey with shades of ochre, green, and brown. As if walking through a haze, the gaze of the viewer might lose itself among the countless tones of white and grey. The subtle interaction between a controlled spectrum of colours and shapes allows the images to oscillate between representation and the autonomy of abstraction.
Friederike von Rauch, born 1967, studied Industrial Design at the Universität der Künste, Berlin (University of Art). For several years she worked as a location-scout for the film industry. She has had solo shows at the Vlaams-Nederlands Huis deBuren and the Cabinet van Cultuur in Brussels. Two large book projects have been realised with the renowned publishing house Hatje Cantz.
The book "The New Museum", produced in cooperation with David Chipperfield, will be available as of March 2009.