April 30, 2004 - June 26, 2004
opening reception Friday, April 30, 2004, 7 pm
Do you know this location? Have you been there already? Christine Erhard’s photographs seem familiar at first
sight. Entrance halls, roof terraces, front architecture: Christine Erhard’s
works of art, presented from 30 April to 26 June 2004 in the Frankfurt
gallery Adler, show interiors as well as exteriors. They are is
unspectacular motives, demonstrated to us with a sober, objective view.
Suggesting reality, Erhard's pictures nevertheless are realities reproduced.
The picture which we see actually was constructed: Erhard builds her models
from photo surfaces and other materials, in order to then take the
photographs. Cleaned of all unimportant details, the places seem to be
emptied - without time and without history.
They are reconstructed places with a specific atmosphere, of realistic
appearance, but completely artificial constructs. Although the viewer
recognizes what he sees in the pictures, he soon gets the feeling that there
something is not true.
The 1969 born artist, who last year received the “Förderpreis für
Fotografie” of North Rhine-Westphalia, creates her own picture reality. By
subtle intervention she forms and controls the perception of the viewer.
Thus Erhard's pictures become ambivalent models of the real things.
The photographic constructs are complemented by stereo pictures developed
recently. Pairs of photos permit a stereo (three-dimensional) view of the
models and demonstrate still more clearly that the pictures of reality
eventually evolve in our brain.
Die Garagenzufahrt, 2003