Christiane Richter Photography

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no title, august 2012 C Print On Diasec 175 X 116 Cm © Christiane Richter
© Courtesy of the Artist and Priveekollektie
Christiane Richter Photography
Curated by: Miriam van Dijk

Pelsestraat 13-15
5256 AT Heusden aan de Maas
September 9th, 2012 - October 19th, 2012
Opening: September 8th, 2012 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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Wed-Sun 1-5 and by appointment. The gallery is open by appointment only from July 7th to September 1st.
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From September 9th - October 19th 2012 Priveekollektie will open the new art season with the third solo-exhibition of Christiane Richter (Bielefeld, Germany 1963) in the gallery at De Lind 4 in Oisterwijk. The artist finds an inspiration in light, from which she manages to distil powerful colours. By isolating figurative elements and reducing them to almost abstract forms, she creates images that show us the world surrounding us in a different perspective.

Light is the most significant component in the recipe for Richters images, both in the technical process as in the outcome. Using a relatively simple camera, she manages to distil powerful colours from light: the magical transition from light to colour is captured in her photographs. Due to the poetic aspect of her work, it is often compared with the art of painting and her method of working was even called “painting with light”. Her abstract images with colour fields that fade into one another indeed show resemblance to the work of famous painters like Rothko and Malevich and her most recent abstract realistic images may remind us of aquarelles.

Richter has found a place in between the art of painting and photography where she can work her magic. Both the exhibition and the individual works of Richter are untitled by choice. It is consistent with her objective way of working.  Prior  to  creating  the  right  image  there  is a  period  of  studying,  exploring  the  subject matter.  By  not  titling  her  works  she  avoids  narrowing  the  view  of  the spectator.  It also expresses a certain confidence in the viewer, leaving room for any interpretation possible.

On  the  other  hand,  it  is  definitely  not  all  objectivity  that  the  work  of Richter originates from. In fact, each piece is a very personal expression, as the artist says: “I try to unite my consciousness and my way of working. My conditions of life in a certain period define my work.” While studying her subject, she also seems to explore her own state of mind. And that is also something  the  viewer might  do  whilst  looking at  her most  recent  pieces. Richter shows us some very familiar forms of leaves and flowers, seen from a totally different perspective.

Close-up details and unexpected colours catch us off guard. How well do we know the world surrounding us?