Shapely Shadows and a New Apartment

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Weißes Kleid, 2010 Dual Panel C Print Behind Plexiglas 11.75 X 13 In / 30 X 34 Cm © Martina Sauter / AMBACH & RICE
Shapely Shadows and a New Apartment

6148 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
September 24th, 2010 - October 31st, 2010

Closed as of December 2014




EXHIBITION: shapely shadows and a new apartment

A solo exhibit featuring new works by Martina Sauter

9.24.10 –10.31.10

Opening Reception 9.24.10 (7-9 p.m.)

If the characters of a fictional work can be readers or spectators, we, its readers or spectators, can be fictitious.

Jorge Louis Borges

AMBACH & RICE is pleased to present shapely shadows and a new apartment, new works by Düsseldorf based artist Martina Sauter. The occasion will mark Sauter’s first U.S. solo exhibition.

Sauter’s artistic process borrows cinematic methods, editing, sequencing and staging, to generate photographic montages that evoke suspense and uncertainty. Film scenes are photographed and collaged with photos staged in sets constructed in Sauter’s studio, or captured in other environs. When merged, the sourced and invented images expand and obscure architectural spaces. The pixilated resolution of re-photographed film frames exists in deliberate contrast to the precision of Sauter’s own staged photographs. Together the images manifest thresholds, subtle fissures in which fiction appears to encounter the real.

Sauter is keenly aware of the phenomenological properties of interiors. Tiles, curtains, chairs and doorknobs are imbued with a narrative, theatrical presence, aligned with Carl Jung’s assertion that “Commonplace objects or ideas can assume such powerful psychic significance in a dream that we may awake seriously disturbed, in spite of having dreamed of nothing worse than a locked room or a missed train.”

Concealment is pervasive throughout Sauter’s transitory amalgamated spaces. The viewer is given the impression that they are about to witness, or just failed to observe, an event or private moment. Akin to visionary director Alfred Hitchcock, Sauter recognizes the dramatic potency of harnessing the audience’s imagination to determine their own narrative experience. What exists outside the frame has just as much, if not more pertinence, than that which is visible.  David Lynch once suggested that cinema’s attraction is determined by the fact that “everybody can be a voyeur.” Sauter’s compositions place the viewer in an amoral position. Their role determined by the content of her compositions, which inform whether or not the viewer becomes victim, villain or voyeur. Sauter encourages experience and engagement over explanation, altering and undermining the authoritarian nature of film in the process.


Martina Sauter was born in Constance, Germany in 1974. From 2000 through 2006 she attended Kunstakademie Düsseldorf where she studied under Thomas Ruff and graduated as one of his master students. Recent exhibits include Räume auf Zeit, annex14 Bern, CH and Manuel Graf / Martina Sauter, Kunststiftung Baden Württemberg, Stuttgart, DE. In addition her work has bee exhibited at institutions that include The Aperture Foundation, New York, Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam and Ludwig Forum in Aachen. Sauter  received both the Thieme Art Award and the Young Artists on the Road Award in 2006. Sauter artist currently resides in Düsseldorf, Germany.