Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder presents the sixth solo exhibition of Karin Sander, curated by Sassa Trülzsch. With older as well as newer works, the show provides a look back at almost thirty years of collaboration between the artist and the gallery.
Referencing one of Sander’s key works from 1993, the first gallery room will display a wall with woodchip wallpaper covering three hanging pictures, frames included, as if someone forgot to take the pictures down before renovating. The pictures’ subjects have thus disappeared under the coarse wallpaper, forming a monochrome relief, and the beholders are left to envision the potential motifs. The pictures become a surface on which we can project a multitude of imaginary possibilities.
For the exhibition at the gallery, Sander had a 3D scan and print made of a historical landscape painting from the Kunsthaus Zürich. The two-dimensional translation of a real landscape into painting is thus transformed into an object and returned into the three-dimension realm.
Juxtaposed with this are recent works that appear as if been transferred to another reality. These take the form of 3D Google Earth scans in which Sander’s field of reflection encompasses the entire Earth. The artist approaches the masses of digital data at her fingertips as if they were found objects. Her minimal intervention consists of choosing the data of selected mountain landscapes in a scale that is just large enough to capture each mountain and its surroundings. Like a canvas, the maximum width of the printer limits the size of her work.
In addition, the LOGIN exhibition space will be illuminated in the vibrant red of the Gallery Google Maps icon marking the gallery’s location in real life.
For more than 30 years now, Karin Sander has been working with the most diverse media: from sculptures and installations, to architectural interventions. In her artistic practice, she questions existing situations in terms of their structural, social, and historical contexts, visualizing these through a variety of media. Her sculptures, installations, drawings, films, photographs, and computer-based technologies present places and generate new codes for existing systems and orders.
KARIN SANDER was born 1957 in Bensberg and lives and works in Berlin and Zurich. From 2007 to 2023, she was professor for architecture and art at the ETH Zurich, where she initiated the research group 3D Modelling / 3D Printing and Hybrid Reality, also serving as the group’s head. She has received numerous awards and is both a member and currently director of the Visual Arts Section at the Academy of Arts in Berlin.
Together with Philip Ursprung, an architectural- and art historian, Karin Sander is currently representing Switzerland at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. Their project “Neighbours” can be viewed in the Swiss Pavilion.
ANETTE SÜDBECK is art historian and managing curator of the Secession Vienna.
SASSA TRÜLZSCH is an art historian and curator who develops conceptual approaches in collaboration with artists and architects. She is the managing curator of the “Neighbours” project at the Swiss pavilion of the 18th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia in 2023.