SABINE HORNIG: TRANSPARENT THINGS: Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery is pleased to present Transparent Things, the fourth solo exhibition of new work by Berlin-based artist Sabine Hornig, consisting of three related sculptures and new photographs on paper. The title of the exhibition is
inspired by Vladimir Nabakov's book Transparent Things, a novel which explores concepts of time, the metaphysics of memory, the materiality of objects and our experience of the physical world. Nabakov's theme of overlapping time and space is synonymous with Hornig's dialogue about reality and representation, as her works display a relationship to temporality and the simultaneity of events.
Since 2001, the artist has been photographing reflections in store windows in and around Berlin. The resulting images have been exhibited in the United States and internationally as prints mounted behind Perspex and as traversable sculptures. In some of the installations she has used transparent photographic images which investigate boundaries and permeability between the viewer and the object within architectural spaces, object and image. A gaze that would normally linger on the surface of the picture plane here penetrates through and mixes into the space beyond. The experience of seeing behind the image highlights the interplay between mundane and casual seeing versus aesthetic contemplation.
All installation images above: Photo by Jean Vong