20.02.2012  •  Art NEWS


WIN DOW •  View from the window or the world as wallpaper? Welcome Clay Ketter

Clay Ketter's exhibition in New York may already be a thing of the past – but the images are certainly still worth mentioning on GoSee.

They were produced in Naples, Italy. At the MADRE Museum or Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina to be precise. However, as you may have already guessed, the photographs were not taken of the museum, from the outside but rather from the inside, looking out through the windows.

The 8x10 inch colour negatives exemplify what things literally jump out at you if you let your focus stray away from the nicely packaged 'Center of Attention' just for a tiny bit.

The gallery states ‘This MADRE Veduta series is a continuation of the artist’s reading and interpretation of wall surfaces as painting, while in these particular motifs framing, objectification and even perspective are allowed to play a more prominent role. All but one of the compositions include the open window enclosure as a framing device.

The images are carefully re-composed using picture-making techniques recognizable from Ketter’s more recent paintings – manipulations used in building the compositions are deliberately revealing, sometimes resulting in Rorschach inkblot-like symmetries.

Ketter’s work continues to challenge the boundaries between painting and photography, fiction and fact.’

Clay was born in Brunswick, Maine in 1961 and lives and works mostly in Lilla Uppåkra, Sweden.

Sonnabend Gallery
536 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011