Paper Bag

Karin exhibited at the Bermondsey Artists’ Group 30th Anniversary Exhibition at the Cafe Gallery in Southwark Park between 6 April 2013 and 21 April 2013.

The title Paper Bag is a play on the Bermondsey Artists’ Group (BAG), rag bag (the artists were free to choose their exhibit) and paper as the medium for the exhibition. Karin, to celebrate the BAG anniversary, selected works that reflect and reference Bermondsey’s history and the passing of time.

INDUSTRIAL POEM

This work was created from photos taken in the P & O Spice Mill, Butlers Wharf, at that point threatened with closure and now defunct and luxury homes.

Studio shot of Industrial Poem

Industrial Poem
Multiples of one photo on sprayed MDF board
w 86 cm x h 116 cm
Framed under glass

ROYAL VINTAGE

Edward’s Manor House in Bermondsey, once a great house on the Thames, lies half hidden under a grassy hill to protect its remaining foundations. To link the two houses Karin photographed the fading flowerbeds of Hampton Court Palace and created from these photos her work Royal Vintage.

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Royal Vintage
Multiples of one photo on sprayed MDF board
w 86 cm x h 112cm
Framed under glass

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Royal Vintage at the private view

Please see press release for further details.

SNAP!

South London Women Artists at Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, London SE1.

The exhibition ran from 2 – 7 May 2012.  Works  were selected to show the diverse practices of the group.   Karin exhibited 2 works not previously shown:  About Boats and Ring Road.

Link to South London Women Artists website

 

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About Boats
photographs on sprayed MDF board
w 88cm x h 118,5 cm, framed under glass

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Ring Road
photographs on board
w 85 cm x h 116 cm, framed under glass

"Ring Road" and "Boat" at the private view

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What Art Does? – Was Macht Kunst?

Karin was pleased to have been selected by Southwark Arts Forum to show work in this exhibition at the Volkshochschule Langenhagen, Germany. The exhibition was opened by the Mayor of Southwark and the Bürgermeister of Langenhagen.

Karin was asked by Southwark Arts Forum to give an interview for this exhibition. The film of the interview, which addresses the relationship between Art and Society, will be shown throughout the exhibition.  In this interview Karin also explains what it means to have chosen the ordinary photograph, which she takes herself, as her medium to ‘paint’, ‘draw’ or ‘sculpt’.

See Karin’s interview for the exhibition

Karin selected 2 works for this exhibition : Heavens Below from her Bankside Power Station cycle and Pigeon Hole from her Thames cycle.

HEAVENS BELOW

This work was created from the multiples of 1 photograph showing a puddle and sludge on a concrete walkway. The puddle reflected the structure of the roof (still visible today above the turbine hall of Tate Modern). It also referenced both the innumerable metal grid gangways criss-crossing the cavernous interior to dizzying heights and the space and mood of the building that had come to the end of its life before its rebirth into Tate Modern.

Heavens Below

Heavens Below
photographs on sprayed MDF board
w 111 cm x h 115 cm, framed under glass

Die Organisatorinnen der Ausstellung Shirin Schikowsky und Annette von Stieglitz vor den Photogemälden Heavens Below and Pigeon Hole von Karin Wach aus Southwark

See on-line press report of the opening and the final image created

Concretum

Karin showed her work In His own Image in the Bermondsey Artists’ Group’s Concretum exhibition at Dilston Grove, London from 10 to 27 March 2011.

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In his own Image

In His own Image

In His own Image at the exhibition

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The Power and the Glory

Karin was delighted to have been offered a solo exhibition by the Candid Arts Trust, Islington, London. This took place between 1st and 6th February 2011. Karin would like to thank Professor Dawn Ades for opening the private view and was honoured that Herr Cord Meier-Klodt, the German cultural attaché, attended.

The exhibits are of the de-commissioned Bankside Power Station before its conversion into Tate Modern and after the interior of this great cavernous building had been ‘washed down’ to remove asbestos dust. Resulting from this de-contamination process, every unpainted surface, every pipe had started to rust and looked like a work of art.  Karin took hundreds of analogue photos of a mere detail. From the multiples of one, rarely two photos she then created an abstract image. These constructed images, mounted on sprayed board, explore through their formal layout and content the complexity of the building,  its function and history that cannot be photographed. Images of machines appear to work; colours remind of age-old frescoes; pipes take on Romanesque forms linking the building to the great cathedrals of the western world; a puddle on a concrete gangway becomes an artwork on the floor, site-specific and testifying to the passing of time; pipes shape into the flowing river without which a power station cannot function.  Karin also wanted each artwork to achieve via the medium of a single photograph the quality of, for example, a drawing  ( Gates), sculpture ( The Turbine Triptych) or painting (The River).

There are some sixty artworks created over several years. Twenty-five of these were shown, as well as six experimental works unconnected with the Bankside Power Station cycle.

TURBINE TRIPTYCH

The Bankside Power Station, darkly lit and immense, seemed like an industrial cathedral. Karin decided on the formal element of the triptych to convey this quality and that the triptych would have to have as the central image the ‘turbine’. There was no one to ask and she had no idea where to find the turbine or indeed what it looked like. Then, deep in the bowel of the building, asbestos contaminated and closed to the uninvited, Karin stumbled on what she was then told were the turbine blades. She photographed a small section. From this shot and its multiples she created an imagined machine that in its detail is of the turbine. She placed it in the centre of this industrial altar. It is sufficiently not the turbine so that the viewer can have his own response. The completed abstract image has a beauty of its own.

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Turbine Triptych
Multiples of 1 photograph on 3 boards
H 112cm x w 82cm

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THE RIVER

The title refers to what is not in the photo: the river Thames at low tide. Instead I photographed the base of giant cylinders or pipes rising inside the tower.

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The River
Multiples of 1 photograph on MDF board sprayed with car paint
H 168cm x w 118,5cm unframed

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Interior
Multiples of 1 photograph on MDF board, sprayed with silver car paint
H 150cm x w 132cm framed

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GATES

The single photograph is of a gate at the South side of the Bankside Power Station.  By repeating the same photograph I achieved a similar ‘concertina’ effect as well as the quality of a pencil ‘drawing’.

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Gates
Multiples of 1 photograph on MDF board sprayed with car paint
H 117cm x w 87.5cm unframed

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