SABINE SCHRÜNDER | Eva – 05
Opening: Friday, 20 March 2009, 7 p.m.
Exhibition: 21 March - 11 April 2009
We are pleased to invite you to Sabine Schründer’s second solo exhibition at the Loris Gallery. The work cycle Eva–05, which originated in Japan in 2008, is now on show in Germany for the first time.
Prominent topics in her new work are the place of the individual in society, how society works in predetermined structures, and the dynamics that exist between groups and individuals.
With her installation concept, Sabine Schründer brings photography and video together in this exhibition. A block of seven monitors shows seven portraits of people in what appears to be uncommunicative but at the same time mysterious poses. Mostly averted from the spectator, the images are additionally charged with a slight restlessness in the video representation. Sabine Schründer contrasts this block of anonymous and seemingly isolated individuals with five photographs from an urban space, whose high degree of abstraction spirits the spectator away into a symbolic and structurally systemic dimension.
Since her last stay in Japan ten years ago and the resulting book Eva– 04, Sabine Schründer has deepened her subject matter but also radically altered the way she works. Whereas before the candid view of the “other”, the playful mixing of image aesthetics and the compounding of loose associative complexes formed the core of her work, Schründer now attributes far greater significance to the single image as a surrogate for artistic considerations. The scaling down to a few metaphorically dense images implies opposition to a sequential or narrative approach, leading the spectator into a fabric of suspicions, signs and symbols.
A bush loses its red blossoms, which gather at the edge of the road in a precise line – a border? Hovering containers, guiding cordons, a labyrinth of cables, wires and zebra crossings. Here Sabine Schründer’s picture language is kept less analytical, sober and objective. On the contrary, she confronts us with her complex, associative and occasionally poetic interpretation of society’s status quo and its groups and individuals.