Transformation

Karin was delighted to exhibit in a solo show selected works from her Mill Cycle in the gallery space of the Bergedorfer Windmühle, a museum in her home town Hamburg. She created this body of work over several years and has shown it in solo exhibitions both in London (Tom Blau Gallery) and Bristol (Watershed).

The P&O Mill, Butlers Wharf, London, famous for its grinding expertise, was facing closure when Karin obtained permission to photograph its interior. She used a simple analogue camera to take pictures of spices spilling over machines and to the ground from sacks and bales in a first process of transformation. Today the defunct Mill situated near Tower Bridge is a complex of luxury apartments.

Karin works with the single unedited photograph as her medium. From the multiples of one, rarely two photos she creates an abstract image. These constructed images, mounted on board and framed under glass, explore through their formal layout and content the complexity of the industrial processes and the transformation of a working Mill into an enchanting Aladdin’s cave. Plant/machinery/cogwheel and plant/spice/flower merge into one organic whole. Karin’s work invites the viewer to consider that something is irretrievably being lost.

Geraldine Norman wrote in The Independent: ‘An exhibition of dazzling photomontages at the Tom Blau Gallery is this week’s most exciting (London) show’.
Professor Dawn Ades considers that the way Karin uses her medium goes ‘way beyond photomontage’.

The exhibition ran from 17 May – 4 August 2019

Bergedorfer Mühle
Chrysanderstraße 52a
21029 Hamburg
+49 172 4357802

Current Press Reviews:

Here is a link to Southwark News, London

Links to articles in the Bergedorfer Zeitung, Hamburger Wochenblatt and Hastings Observer will follow.


Ich habe ausgewählte Werke aus meinem über mehrere Jahre entstandenen Mühlenzyklus vom 17. Mai bis 4. August 2019 in der Galerie der Bergedorfer Mühle gezeigt.

Bergedorfer Mühle
Chrysanderstraße 52a
21029 Hamburg
+49 172 4357802

Der Zyklus wurde in Einzelausstellungen in London (Tom Blau Gallery) und Bristol (Watershed) vorgestellt. Geraldine Norman schrieb in The Independent, die Ausstellung ‘of dazzling photomontages’ sei ‘the most exciting (London) show’.
Laut Professor Dawn Ades geht meine Art zu arbeiten weit über Photomontage hinaus.

Der Zyklus zeigt die letzten Tage der berühmten P&O Gewürzmühle in Butlers Wharf, London, heutzutage Luxuswohnungen. Ich habe den Speicher mit einer einfachen analogen Kamera fotografiert: Gewürze sickerten aus Säcken und Bällen über Boden und Maschinen und verwandelten den viktorianischen Speicher unweit von Tower Bridge in einen Ort von außergewöhnlicher Schönheit.

Mein Medium ist die einzelne Fotografie . Über meine Imagination wird diese Fotografie durch Wiederholung zu einem neuen formgewordenen Ganzen zusammengefügt. Der Zyklus ist sowohl Hinweis als auch Fragestellung an den Betrachter: geht hier etwas Wichtiges verloren?

In Search of Something

Karin showed a key work from her Bankside Power Station Cycle in this group exhibition. The work, Turbine Triptych, was first shown in a 2011 solo exhibition The Power and the Glory at Candid Arts, London.

For more details of the exhibition see here

St Mary in the Castle Crypt Gallery

 


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.

Turbine Triptych
Three panels, two are multiples of one photograph and the centre panel multiples of two photographs all mounted on board under glass.
Each 112cm x 82cm

 


Karin answering questions

 

 

OUTPOST – Bermondsey Artists’ Group Exhibition 2018

Karin is showing her work Fusion in the Bermondsey Artists’ Group Outpost exhibition at the Shortwave Cafe. The work is part of the Mill Cycle which celebrates the magic interior of the now defunct spice mill at Butler’s Wharf in the London Docklands. The created image references Plant (cogwheel/machinery) and Plant (spice).

FUSION

Fusion
(detail)
Multiples of two photos on board
w 93 cm x h 123 cm
framed under glass

Established in 1983 Bermondsey Artists’ Group BAG is an artist-led initiative that supports Cafe Gallery Projects London and creates opportunities for artists who live, work or study in Southwark. This peer-led network is a rare longstanding grassroots collective, maintaining a democratic framework and consistent core values; to support local artists to show their work and develop their practice.

The Shortwave Cafe is a large exhibition space at the former Peek Freans Factory.  This factory is well-known for Damien Hirst’s early exhibitions (also the fantastic BAG exhibition Meme 2007) and will sadly in part be demolished by the end of the year.

The exhibition is open from 21 May to 15 June.  Opening hours are 10.00 – 20.00 Mondays to Fridays and 10.00 to 18.00 Saturdays.  The exhibition is closed on Sundays.

 

 

HAF Members’ Exhibition 2018

Karin has exhibited her work With Reference to the Tower (Gothic Affinities) at the Hastings Arts Forum Members’ exhibition (Hastings Arts Forum, 36 Marina, St Leonards on Sea, TN38 0BU) from 20 March to 1 April 2018.

WITH REFERENCE TO THE TOWER (GOTHIC AFFINITIES)

Karin sees Tower Bridge as the architectural and benign off-spring of the notorious Tower. From the multiples of a single photograph of one element of the Bridge balustrade through which the Thames is seen (the documentary element) she created an image of a ‘window’ (the imagined) that is – and is not – of Tower Bridge or the Tower, (n)or of ancient Gothic Churches. Bringing together what seems separate or fragmented and yet related is, for her, a bridge to a deeper understanding, and using as her medium a photograph of no great merit is a way of challenging what has and has not merit.


With Reference to the Tower (Gothic Affinities)
Multiples of one photograph on sprayed MDF board
framed under glass
h 118 cm  x  87 cm

Here are two photos of the private view:

 

Sea Road

As part of Coastal Currents and PhotoHastings, Andrea Artz, Alexander Brattell, Colin Booth and Karin took SEA ROAD, the title of their exhibition, as a metaphor for the work that was on show.
“My work in this show follows the gradual building up of litter in the Thames making its way to the sea. In this sense all rivers are sea roads.  I include, quite concretely, plastic detritus collected from the Hastings beach in the evening, left there and/or washed up from the sea.”

PS No, I didn’t include it; “the gallery space didn’t like it”.


URBAN THAMES II


Urban Thames II

Multiples of two photographs on sprayed MDF board
h 198 cm x w 103 cm
framed under glass

Private view (showing one of Karin’s works to the right)

Art at the Bridge #7 “Building Bridges, the Female Perspective”

Karin

Karin

Karin’s work Reinvented was selected by Tower Bridge in partnership with Southwark Arts Forum for this exhibition which took place at Tower Bridge in London for seven months in the spring and summer starting on 8th March 2016. Karin exhibited this work for the first time.

Art at the Bridge 7a

REINVENTED

This work brings together, in one created image, the history of the locality on the south-east side of Tower Bridge: The formal arrangements of the photographs reference the squares of Butlers Wharf, the bridge road and the structure of cranes that once lined the wharves. The travelling crane rails live on in the photograph of the cladding of a contemporary building in Shad Thames; the inserted photograph of a bollard, removed from the Thames wall as the locality reinvented itself, witnesses the maritime history of the area. Bringing together what seems separate or fragmented is, for me, a bridge to a deeper understanding, and using as my medium an ordinary photograph challenges what has merit.  For information on the exhibition click here.

DSCN0271 Reinvented
(studio shot)
Multiples of two photographs on sprayed MDF board
h 198 cm x w 103 cm
to be framed under glass

Private View

Private View

HAF Members’ Exhibition 2016

Karin exhibited at the Hastings Arts Forum Members’ Exhibition from 26th January to 7th February.  She showed one work that belongs to the Mill Cycle exhibited in solo exhibitions in London and the Bristol Watershed. The work was created from multiples of one photo taken in the P & O Spice Mill, Butlers Wharf, London, at that point threatened with closure and now defunct and luxury homes.

Studio shot of Industrial Poem

Industrial Poem
(studio shot)
Multiples of one photo on sprayed MDF board
w 86 cm x h 116 cm
to be framed under glass

Here are two pictures showing the work at the exhibition.

IMG_2177

IMG_2197The amazing hat in the foreground is by Caroline Morris, another HAF member.

Never Dark

A spontaneous exhibition for PhotoHastings 2015 in response to an unexpected gap in the Observer Building’s gallery schedule following A Sense of Place curated by Grace Lau and Andrew Moran.

Karin showed three works from her Mill Cycle last exhibited at the Watershed Gallery, Bristol.

SPICE, PAPER SACKS AND PALLETS
GUM IN PAPER DRUMS
HUB (MILLSTONE) AND PUDDLE (REFLECTION OF MILL BUILDING)

On Saturday 28 November at 6pm there were artists’ talks followed by a drinks reception and a live DJ.

Spice, paper sacks and pallets

Spice, Paper Sacks and Pallets
w 93 cm x h 123 cm
multiples of one photograph mounted on board framed under glass

IMG_1782Karin speaking about her work