Gallery Openings—15 Sep 2023, 6 to 9 PM
Sinta Werner’s wall works, photographic objects and collages re-stage urban spaces and architectural forms to rethink notions of perspective and spatial concepts. The strictly formal yet atmospheric works place familiar places and structures in new contexts through superimpositions, reflections and optical shifts.
In her latest works, the grid, an omnipresent systematic and repetitive structure has a fundamental meaning. The grid is the quintessential ordering system, from perspective spatial constructions of the Renaissance to urban planning and architecture to the processing of digital data; it guides us in the analog as well as in the digital. It appears in Werner’s photographs as façade structures or tiling, strongly emphasizing the perspective, geometric construction, and the graphic linear elements of compositions.
“The grid appears as a principle that demonstrates a high degree of openness and flexibility. It is a structure of order, which can categorise surfaces, spaces, data and information. However, the grid can also appear disordered and chaotic, thereby generating a picture rather than order.”
Simone Schimpf, Tracing the Grid: The Grid in Art after 1945
Glass as a means of dissolving boundaries remains an essential element in Werner’s practice. It allows for superimpositions, ambiguous interpretations, and the creation of new spaces. In her recent works, the effects achieved are varied, each activated by the movement of the viewer through the gallery space.
Throughout the exhibition, there is an invitation to question one’s own visual perception. Each work challenges the viewer to engage with the complex interplay of architecture and its perception through the photographic filter. The grid invites repetition. To truly see Werner’s work, one must slow down and look at it again and again.