‘The works in Katja Strunz’ sparse constellations often appear to have been spared an uncertain fate or narrowly escaped a traumatic event, and found safehaven in a gallery.’
Frieze, April 2003
doggerfisher is delighted to show the work of the acclaimed German artist, Katja Strunz. In this major solo exhibition, her second solo show in Scotland, Strunz shows new sculptural work, paperworks and her first bronze work. Time of the Season is a collaboration between doggerfisher and The Modern Institute, Glasgow.
Katja Strunz’ constellations frequently intrigue: on one wall, three wheels spin. Powered by electricity and linked by black ribbon, they ceaseless turn anti-clockwise. On further gallery walls, vast darts of painted wood, silently sear across an empty expanse of white space. And on a plinth stands a bronze cast on a honeycomb. The regimented pattern of wax hexagonal cells, once inhabited by a frenetic hive has been ‘stilled’ in bronze. Strunz has named the piece after the French 19th mathmatician / philosopher, Cournot. He hoped that human society would one day be as ‘ordered’. In the smaller gallery, a tangle of found golden chains is suspended from a skylight. Some of the chains droop limply onto the floor. On the wall hang paper works: a black and white photograph of a reservoir; a seemingly arbitrary arrangement of numbers cutting across a page. These dates are taken from Owen Splengler’s book, ‘The Decline of the Western World’. He believed that every civilization had its season.
‘Much of Strunz’ work has this kind of dark, brooding intensity. Her favoured materials, which include found timber, scrap metal, acid-yellowed pages and landscape photographs culled from books, are not so much recycled as resuscitated . . . Capturing and reflecting on this resonance is one of the main characteristics of her work: the employment of objects that have been affected by the passage of time and her fascination with derelict places convey the impression of a haunting inescapable past.’
Frieze, April 2003
Katja Strunz (born Germany 1970). Recent solo shows include Els Hanappe Underground, Athens (2003); Gallery Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin (2002); The Modern Institute, Glasgow; Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York (2001) Recent group shows include Land, Land!, with Helen Mirra and Rivane Neuenschwander, Kunsthalle Basel; Minimalism and After II, Daimler Chrysler Collection, Haus Huth, Berlin and Falling Angels, Greene Naftali, New York (2003); Roma Roma Roma, Rome, Italy and My Head Is On Fire But My Heart Is Full Of Love, Charlottenbourg Museum, Copenhagen (2002). She lives in Berlin and is currently on a residency at Delfina, London.
doggerfisher would like to thank the German Embassy London for their support.