Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by German artist, Christiane Feser. The exhibition marks the artist’s third solo presentation with the gallery and will coincide with The Getty Center exhibition, Cut! Paper Play in Contemporary Photography, featuring Feser.

Christiane Feser utilizes photographic techniques to experiment with the paradox of photography as a representation of reality. In her ongoing series, Partition, she constructs paper into geometric forms and arranges an intricate and repetitive pattern that is illuminated for the camera to create an interplay of light and shadow. The printed photograph is then the starting point for manual interventions by the artist through cutting and folding to take the photograph from two to three dimensionality. The result is a play on reality and illusion in which the viewer is challenged to decipher depth, surface and a real shadow from a photographed shadow. These unique photo-objects can be perceived as both photographs and sculpture and ultimately a mediation on perception.

Feser’s fundamental artistic purpose is the bending, capturing, refinement, and encapsulation of the properties of light. To make a functional partnership of the human eye and the mechanical lens. And there’s nothing more like a photograph than that. Graphically crisp, brooding, and a bit delirious at a distance, these works incite an absolutely jovial instinct to rush closer and figure out their secrets. This proximity and closer-paid attention is richly rewarded, as the eye slowly decodes the hyperreal effect as being, in fact, merely real.

(Shana Nys Dambrot)

Christiane Feser was born in Würzburg, Germany in 1977. She studied photography at the Offenbach University of Art and Design in Germany. She has exhibited at The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Firenze, Italy; the Mönchehaus Museum, Goslar, Germany; Frankfurter Kunstverein and the Museum for Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt, Germany among others. Selected permanent collections include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Mönchehaus Museum and the DZ Bank Art Collection among others.

The artist lives and works in Frankfurt, Germany.