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2007: Thomas Kellner: Dancing Walls (Alison Nordstrom English)

Title: Dancing Walls

Editor: Art Galerie Siegen, John Clearly Gallery Houston, K4 galerie Werner Deller, et. al.

Authors: Alison Nordström

Artists: Thomas Kellner

Format: 20×20cm | 7,9×7,9inches, 80 pages, hardcover, bounded

Languages: German, English

Publisher: seltmann+söhne

ISBN 978-3-942831-69-7

Published: 2007

Edition: 1000

Price: 29,80€

The Photographic View on the Interior

This illustrated book from 2007 contains works by photo-artist Thomas Kellner where he concentrates on building’s interiors instead of facades. Kellner traveled to China, Mexico, Italy, UK and to the US, to capture interiors of for example museums and libraries in fragments. Each object’s individual architectural style and vibrant colors define the constitution of the images which were produced between 2003 and 2006. Among the objects you find diverse examples as the MCA in Chicago or the Hotel Mexico in Mexico City. The German and English introduction to Kellner’s work is given by Alison Nordström, curator of photography at the George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, USA.
„Kellner’s recent shift of subject from iconic architectural monuments to the quieter differently purposed spaces of museums, libraries, and palaces that have become concert venues has significant metaphorical implications though its irony remains. His early, somewhat distant images of monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, the White House, and the Brandenburg gate often seemed intended to portray symbolic sites of power as they crumbled or exploded, manifesting Yeats’s apocalyptic vision that “Things fall apart. The center will not hold. Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” Although still strikingly self-reflexive in terms of the photographic process, the new work, focusing on interiors and sites of cultural production, evokes a somewhat different feeling than the overtones of shattering destruction that characterized his treatment of iconic buildings and monuments. This gentler, more delicate work, suggests a harmonious and organic rhythm, which Kellner himself refers to as a “vibration” or a “dancing glance” that delineates a built space like a living, breathing being, and suggests, perhaps, the quiet human use it has been put to.”

special edition

the special edition for Dancing Walls sold out quickly. You might find an artist proof on request

Thank you to Alison Nordström for writing this wonderful essay, to Marc Babenschneider for the design and Druckerei Vorländer for printing.