Katharina Sieverding

Katharina Sieverding Rohkunstbau 2013

In many of her photographic works Katharina Sieverding is her own subject. From large sized photos, her likeness looks blankly yet earnest upon the observer. She works with dissolves, alienations and continuously discusses the medium of photography anew. In her series »Steigbild« for instance, she deals with medical exposure techniques that show x-rayed skulls, which are superimposed with images of a special medical blood test. Her multi-part photo series that are limited to a few colours — mostly basic, complimentary contrasted colours — immediately catch the eye through their luscious colouring.

For Rohkunstbau the artist created a series of seven offsetprints, which picks up on different subjects of her work: The guiding theme of this series is the image of the blue sun from her video »Die Sonne um Mitternacht schauen (Blue) 2010 - 2013,SDO/ NASA« (Seeing the sun at midnight), for which Katharina Sieverding downloaded over 100.000 data of visual information of NASA between May 2010 and June 2013 and condensed them into a dynamic image of the surface of the sun. For the exhibition »Moral« she combined some of those pictures of the blue sun with scenes from other works. The sun as a symbol of light and life is portrayed by the artist in cool shimmering light, reminiscent of a solar eclipse. Until modern times this was supposed to be an ominous sign of divine powers, also being interpreted as a punishment for moral misconduct.

SEEING THE SUN AT MIDNIGHT (blue) 2010 - 2013SDO/NASA, ..She presents to us the divisible face as the next-to-last secret, or, as Wilde formulated: If one has weighed the sun in a scale and has measured the steps of the moon and has drawn the entire firmament, star after star, what still remains is the self. Who can calculate the orbit of their own soul?« Sieverding has given the answer to this question. From: FACE time: K.S. and (possibly) Oscar Wilde. Close UP.. MoMA PS1 NY, Brian O`Doherty 2004

XX/80 NORAD III1980 , ..Sieverdings abstraction marks the border of postmodern thinking, in which everything is construction and representation, it transcends this position and takes other forms of thinking about human beings into account: streams, pulsation, colours, rhythms, temperatures, coercions, intensities. What could we possibly be, if we were not to be defined by the subject/object differentiation, meaning, if we were no »subjects« at all. From: Über Sieverdings Abstraktion.Close Up. MoMA PS1 NY, NormanBryson 2004

O.T. 1990 (Blue) …… The light, which makes this photo so mysterious, derives from a solar eclipse. It presents concealed emission, which breaks forth from the edges again. The interfering grid of circles makes you think of serial suns. The painting of the artist seems like she is lifting her head, blooming, unfolding new energy. The work belongs to the series of works »Sonne, die Erde imprägnierend« (Sun impregnating the earth), that bears witness to the consciousness of the embeddedness in cosmic coherences and energy households. From: »Katharina Sieverding - Künstlerin im Geschäftsjahr 1997« , Deutsche Bank AG, Rudolf Schmitz 1997

Solo Exhibitions (Selection)
2013 K.S. Weltlinie 1968-2013, Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau, Germany
2013 K.S. Ich sehe rot, Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany
2011 K.S. TESTCUTS I + II 2010, Quadriennale
2010 imai-inter media art institute im NRW-Forum Dusseldorf, Germany
2010 Katharina Sieverding/Projected Data Images 2010, Quadriennale 2010, Inter Media Art Institute / NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Germany
2005 Close Up, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany; P.S.1/MoMa, New York, USA
1997 Deutscher Pavillon, 47th Venice Biennial, Italy

Group Exhibitions (Selection)
2013 Weltreise.Kunst aus Deutschland unterwegs, ZKM I Museum für Neue Kunst , Karlsruhe, Germany
2013 Glam! The Performance Of Style, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Austria; Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany; Tate Liverpool, UK
2013 Neuland, Kunsthalle Emden, Germany
2013 EXPO 1: New York. Dark Optimism, MOMA-PS1, USA
2012 OFFEN für Gegenwartskunst, Städel Museum Frankfurt, Germany
2012 Geteilt Ungeteilt Kunst in Deutschland 1945 bis 2010, Galerie Neue Meister, Albertinum Dresden, Germany
2011 WUNDER | Kunst,Wissenschaft und Religion vom 4.Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany