katrin korfmann, "art space no.14", 2003
275 x 200 cm, inkjet print on vinyl on wooden frame
price: EUR 8000,-
katrin korfmann (*berlin 1971), second prize winner of prix de rome 2003, section art and public space, creates a tension between movement and still in all of her work. it is therefore, that her images strongly relate to performance.
apart from a one-person presentation at amsterdam kunstRAI, art affairs is showing a survey of her recent body of work called 'art spaces' in the gallery. for this, korfmann is using both indoor and outdoor spaces, which she transforms into 'film sets', in which people become the main focus. because, korfmann is interested in people, in daily life and is intrigued by the way our senses are functioning.
art affairs shows life size photographs of museum spaces (approx. 275x200 cm), on which people are looking at artworks, that the spectator cannot see, because the artist has retouched them. instantly, the people become the center point of attention, whereas the museum rooms turn to mere architecture. or, like in the series of the smaller 'art spaces', they become a composition of color fields.
korfmann is not only confusing movement and still, also her videos are pieces of reality with their own quality. because, they give raise to doubt about their intrinsic meaning. is she commenting on society, on human behavior, or is she just recording? are they film clips, moving photographs, or something completely different?
one thing is clear, the connection between photography, video and installations leads to exceptional results in korfmann's work, such as 'pink wall' in turin (2002) and 'white wall' (2000), that she made in amsterdam. these originate from a photographic point of view, observing, yet korfmann transforms this approach in her typical way: in turin she had a huge pink wall erected in the center of the historical town (7 m high and 20 m long), which became a screen for people passing in front of it, making them into 'actors'. whereas in amsterdam, she made a kind of peepshow by placing a large white wall opposite of a pub and covering its window as well, leaving an opening, just enough to make the people passing by in the street 'moving images' in public space.
in another body of work, korfmann asked models to stand still amidst of a moving crowd in a railway station, making a time exposed picture. or, she filmed e.g. people skating on an ice ring, playing in a public green court, or swimming in a public pool, using these images in sequences of stills making a wonderful composition.
one could say, that the substance of korfmann's images lies in timing and time relation, integrating chance as one of her tools.