FRAUKE DANNERT

VERTICAL CITY

01 - 31. 05. 2014


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For her collages Frauke Dannert uses various photographic sources such as black/white photocopies, images from the Internet and newspaper clippings. Most of them are architectural fragments, put together by the artist in small-scale, often serially repeated cutouts, enlarged and arranged into wall-sized collages. Isolated and transferred without ground adhesion into the real exhibition architecture, they seem like floating sculptures and produce not only a tension between the real and the simulated space, but merge in with the surrounding architecture to form a new one. The image carriers, subsequently being also the backgrounds (card board, copper, aluminium, etc.) are always involved with their materiality and colour.

 

Frauke Dannert reflects on the architectural ideologies of art movements such as Brutalism and Bauhaus, on their version of abstraction and on their fragmentary visual language. Her collage and installation works present themselves as architectural assemblages, where two-dimensional photographic elements are transformed into three-dimensional installations. This is the case with her site-specific floor-based carpet, which moves from the flat surface into a three-dimensional optical illusion, capable of transforming the perception of the exhibition space. Her collages on various types of metal appear as imaginary and fictional constructs, exploring how architecture exists in the collective memory, as commonplaces and common knowledge.

 

Frauke Dannert was born in Germany in 1979. She studied Free Arts at the Arts Academy of Munster and later at the Arts Academy of Dusseldorf. In 2011 she finished her MFA at Goldsmiths. In 2010 she received a travel grant of the Kunstverein Düsseldorf, 2012 she was awarded a residency fellowship by the State of NRW at Ringberg Castle and the Düsseldorf Audi Art Award. She recently received the working grant 2014 of Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn.

She currently lives and works in Cologne.

For her collages Frauke Dannert uses various photographic sources such as black/white photocopies, images from the Internet and newspaper clippings. Most of them are architectural fragments, put together by the artist in small-scale, often serially repeated cutouts, enlarged and arranged into wall-sized collages. Isolated and transferred without ground adhesion into the real exhibition architecture, they seem like floating sculptures and produce not only a tension between the real and the simulated space, but merge in with the surrounding architecture to form a new one. The image carriers, subsequently being also the backgrounds (card board, copper, aluminium, etc.) are always involved with their materiality and colour.

 

Frauke Dannert reflects on the architectural ideologies of art movements such as Brutalism and Bauhaus, on their version of abstraction and on their fragmentary visual language. Her collage and installation works present themselves as architectural assemblages, where two-dimensional photographic elements are transformed into three-dimensional installations. This is the case with her site-specific floor-based carpet, which moves from the flat surface into a three-dimensional optical illusion, capable of transforming the perception of the exhibition space. Her collages on various types of metal appear as imaginary and fictional constructs, exploring how architecture exists in the collective memory, as commonplaces and common knowledge.

 

Frauke Dannert was born in Germany in 1979. She studied Free Arts at the Arts Academy of Munster and later at the Arts Academy of Dusseldorf. In 2011 she finished her MFA at Goldsmiths. In 2010 she received a travel grant of the Kunstverein Düsseldorf, 2012 she was awarded a residency fellowship by the State of NRW at Ringberg Castle and the Düsseldorf Audi Art Award. She recently received the working grant 2014 of Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn.

She currently lives and works in Cologne.