Ellen de Bruijne

Katrin Mayer

29 Oct - 24 Dec 2011

Wenceslaus Hollar, 1647
Telling Textures
Curator for Dolores Karin Hasselberg
29 October – 24 December, 2011

The interior is not defined by a continuous enclosure of walls but by the folds, twists and turns in an often discontinuous ornamental surface. Referring to the architect Gottfried Semper, who reversed the hierarchical order where cladding is secondary to structure, Katrin Mayer’s work deals with spatial textures in a notion of having discursive layers of interiors within its interiors. Seeing Dolores as a curated insert within a gallery structure she develops a specific texture that reflects on the term of masking. “The imposed mask of femininity can be re-appropriated through masquerade to produce another spatiality, an ‘elsewhere’. But this ‘elsewhere’ is not so much a place, as a displacement of place.” (> Luce Irigaray)

Katrin Mayer (DE) lives and works in Berlin. She studied visual art in Hamburg where she also was a fellow of the post-graduate program Deconstruction and Design: Gender. Her artistic work concerns installation-based emplacements in specific discourses and spatial contexts, directed by her interest in theories of difference, gender and identity.

Recent solo and group exhibitions include So as to form surfaces at Kunstverein Düsseldorf, Living Archives at KUB Arena, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Beginning good. All good. at KUB Arena, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Seams and Notches at RECEPTION Gallery Berlin, The End of the World as we Know It at Kunsthalle Mulhouse, Balloons / ‘“Your very own words.“ Indeed! And who are you?’ (Brion Gysin) at Open Space, Art Cologne, Fake or Feint in Berlin, SPACE REVISED – #1 Friendly Takeovers at Gesellschaft für aktuelle Kunst, Bremen and Indicated by Signs at Kunstverein Bonn.

Upcoming shows include Verdeckte Adressaten at Weiße Rose-Stiftung / Platform3 in Munich and the spatial concept for PostPorn Parliament which will take place at W139 in Amsterdam and Kampnagel in Hamburg next year. For updates please visit www.katrinmayer.net

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