Annette Kelm

Curated by: Reid Shier

Annette Kelm is a German artist who within a decade has already made a significant contribution to contemporary photography. Based in conventional studio and landscape genres, her subtle, deadpan images become increasingly mysterious through examination. They initially appear as objective documents, yet the factual and temporal confusions of her uncanny pictures reinforce the uncertainties of perception. Significantly, Kelm works traditionally; her colour photographs are taken with an analogue medium and large-format camera and are individually handmade in a darkroom. She produces both single images and serial works, often using a detailed studio-shot format reminiscent of advertising photography. Through these considered means, Kelm has developed a unique photographic approach that critic Kirsty Bell aptly describes as:

“… precise, carefully composed, well-lit images [that] luxuriate in surface and clarity of detail while fitting neatly into standard photographic genres: still life, portraiture, landscape. The things they present definitely exist; there is no doubt about that. But something about their brightness seems not quite right. As self-evident as her images appear, they are undercut with a strangeness that questions not only the purpose of the objects, but also the nature of their representation."

Kelm has recently exhibited at: Andrew Kreps, New York; Johann Koonig Gallery, Berlin, Kunsthalle, Zurich; Camera Austria, Graz; Witte de With, Rotterdam, ILLuminations, 54th Venice Biennale;, The Photographer’s Gallery, London; and CCA Wattis institute of Contemporary art, San Francisco. Her work was included in Presentation House Gallery’s 2009 exhibition, Photobjects and she has produced a PHG artist book, Lynn Valley #4 with a special edition print. She is represented by Andrew Kreps, New York; Herald Street, London; Johann Konig Gallery, Berlin and Marc Foxx, Los Angeles.

Events

Saturday September 8 at 7pm | Opening reception with the artist in attendance.

Gallery Press Release

 

Lynn Valley 4 - Annette Kelm
Lynn Valley 4 - Annette Kelm
West Gallery
West Gallery
West Gallery
West Gallery
West Gallery
West Gallery
West Gallery
West Gallery
West Gallery
West Gallery
West Gallery
West Gallery
Untitled (cards), 2010  C-print
Untitled (cards), 2010 C-print
Big Print ♯4 ( Fazenda Lily – White Background  –	Cotton Fall 1947 Design Dorothy Draper,  Courtesy Schumacher & Co), 2007, C-print,
Big Print ♯4 ( Fazenda Lily – White Background – Cotton Fall 1947 Design Dorothy Draper, Courtesy Schumacher & Co), 2007, C-print,
Caps, 20 parts, 2008
Caps, 20 parts, 2008

Annette Kelm: Subjects And Objects

Kelm's photographs, often described as “deadpan”, explore standard conventions of still life and landscape genres in unsettling new ways. Kelm works both serially and with single images, producing detailed shots that are reminiscent of advertising imagery. But while her work might be read as a straightforward document of objects and places, her apparent objectivity belies a close attention to the uncertainties of perception. As critic Kirsty Bell notes, “As self-evident as [Kelm’s] images appear, they are undercut with a strangeness that questions not only the purpose of the objects, but also the nature of their representation.”

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