For her second solo exhibition at the gallery Annette Kelm is presenting new works that have been made entirely in 2013. Kelm's photos filter significations as a system of values and codes that are established and stabilized by various forms of image production. This system includes their distribution by the art market, media and consumers: among them phenomena of sports and daily life, botanics, exoticism, Hollywood film, and architecture. She produces both individual and series of works with repeating motifs and, in her exhibitions, shows a combination of photographs that refuse to submit to a single reading of a theme or concept. Different ways of viewing her works are offered, but never quite fulfilled- instead they obfuscate and undo themselves.
(text source: Andrew Kreps Gallery)
Annette Kelm, Ivy, 2013, C-print, 12.75 x 9.75 in.; Courtesy of the artist & Andrew Kreps Gallery
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Annette Kelm is interested in typologies, models of mass production, the function of objects and the nature of their representation, and stylistic developments in patterned textiles, design, and technology. In her work she conflates several genres in single images or in series on a single motif that combine a variety of artistic, historical, and cross-cultural references. Taken with large- and medium-format analog cameras and individually printed by hand, her carefully composed pictures appear not unlike advertisements. But their sense of precise objectivity is undercut by artifice and strangeness.
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(Image on top: Annette Kelm, Paisley and Wheat Pink, 2013, C-print , 23.6 x 19 in.; Courtesy of the artist & Andrew Kreps Gallery)