The photographs by our newest Ctrl+P artist Christine Erhard play with perception. This technique is extended beyond the photographic print and into the spaces where her work is exhibited. DOBRA IV is installed to the artist’s exact specifications, following a building edge in the image. Her installation will be on view through October 28, 2017.
Erhard creates photographic works that evolve out of a sculptural process. The concept for a new photograph begins with a found image, sometimes historical, taken from the field of architecture or art. She layers cardboard models, diverse everyday objects, or constructs objects to be photographed on top of the found image.
Although the spaces in Erhard’s photographs appear to be extremely heterogeneous and broken, the images are not photomontages in the conventional sense. The photographs bear witness to a sculptural process that takes place in the studio. The disparate materials, lines of sight and levels of reality are in actual, physical contact with each other. Anamorphic models – models that have been constructed for a specific camera viewpoint, appearing distorted when another viewpoint is adopted – are integral to this process.
Christine Erhard (b. 1969 Crailsheim, Germany) lives in Düsseldorf, Germany. She studied sculpture at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Christine has exhibited widely in both Germany and internationally. Solo shows include The Zweigstelle Gallery in Berlin, Galerie Adler in Frankfurt, the Baden-Württemberg Art Foundation in Stuttgart, the Goethe Institute in Milan, the Museum Muller Collection in Wiesbaden, and the High Street Project gallery in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Ctrl+P: Photography taken offline is an initiative at Catherine Edelman Gallery inspired by the hundreds of photographs we see on blogs and online galleries. Started in January 2011, Ctrl+P provides further exposure for new artists we find while searching the web, exhibiting a small selection of one person’s work every two months, taking the pictures offline and putting them on the wall. It is our goal that Ctrl+P will provide further exposure for these photographers away from the glow of a computer monitor and without the temptation to click to the next link. We hope you will join us by unplugging from the Internet and visiting CEG to see these photographs the way they were intended—in print.