At first glance, the large-format black-and-white photographs by Beate Gütschow are reminiscent of authentic documentations of urban scenes: monumental architecture, decaying buildings, rusty automobile parts. Yet the images are the result of complex digital manipulation: they are montages consisting of numerous photos taken by Gütschow on her various journeys and later assembled to create a single picture. They are often fragments of aging modern architecture—plain, unadorned concrete buildings, now crumbling and in part non-functional.
In this way, the artist thematizes ideas that have survived modernity while she also explores and scrutinizes the medium of photography as a representative of reality.
Beate Gutschow (born 1970, Mainz, Germany) studied at the School of Fine Arts, Oslo, and the School of Fine Arts, Hamburg. She has appeared in numerous shows throughout Europe and U.S. solo shows at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago and Danziger Projects, New York. Awards include the 2006 Ars Viva Prize, an Otto-Dix-Prize of New Media, and a Villa Aurora fellowship. She lives in Berlin and is represented by Danziger Projects, New York; Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich; and Produzentengalerie, Hamburg.
Publisher: Hatje Cantz (2010)
Hardcover: 72 pages
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