Varying from monumental landscapes to small-scale abstractions, Klein’s atmospheric paintings reference images taken from a variety of locations that accumulated in the artist’s digital and analog archive over the past decade. For previous exhibitions, Klein based her paintings on photographs that she took at a discrete time and place—during a road trip to the salt flats of Utah, or the deserts of Texas—but these new works represent a varied assortment of photos. As a starting point for this exhibition, Klein started to rethink the concept, function, and meaning of a personal archive as a result of the accessibility of photography today. Rather than amassing a personal photo archive as documentation of our individual history and private experiences, we now put great emphasis on the instantaneous snapshot that is immediate and fleeting. We become farther removed from each photograph because of the sheer quantity of images we are constantly sorting through.
Based in Rotterdam, Klein (b. 1970, Zwolle, the Netherlands) has has presented major solo exhibitions at World Class Boxing, Miami, FL, 2008; UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film, California (2006) and at Jarla Partilager, Stockholm, Sweden(2007), among other museums worldwide. Recent presentations include a solo project commissioned by the Aspen Art Museum and Aspen Skiing Company, Colorado (2009-2010), along with group exhibitions at Kunsthal Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2011) and the Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL (2011).
Carla Klein’s exhibition is generously supported by The Consulate General of The Netherlands in New York.