FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Miriam Böhm - Inventory
March 12 – April 24, 2010 ??
Ratio 3, 1447 Stevenson Street, San Francisco, CA 94103?? USA
Opening reception: March 12, 2010, 6-8pm.
Ratio 3 is pleased to present Inventory, new work by Miriam Böhm, on view from March 12 to April 24, 2010.
In her photographs, Böhm enquirers into the very nature of the art object; how it is made, perceived, and how way we derive meaning from it. She uses the act of photography as a series of iterations, taking many photographs of one object or motif, from different perspectives, and then arranging these pictures into three-dimensional arrangements. These are then re-photographed several times to make seamless images. Employing a documentary-style, Böhm uses common, almost deadpan, motifs, such as landscapes, fragments of buildings, plants, flags, or materials, including fabric, marble, and cardboard. By assembling different views into one picture, Böhm attempts to develop an image-language that functions differently than our usual way of reading a straight photographs.
With this new series of work, Böhm explores the idea of the art object as inventory. As in her previous work, the gaps between the photographs, shadows, changes in color and scale, become integral parts of the composition and of the image. Even the surfaces and fabric backgrounds, against which she photographs, become both grounds for presentation and elements within the work. Böhm’s artistic practice utilizes the conceptual techniques of re-photography and appropriation, as well as several traditional techniques usually referred to as studio practices. By analyzing all the different steps, in terms of concept, model, reference, content, form, and presence, Böhm’s proposes new ways of examining ideas of photographic representation and pictorial illusion.
Miriam has invited three friends to present work in our second gallery space. The artists are Katarina Burin, Mathew Hale, and Matt Saunders. All three artists’ work touch upon themes of appropriation, language, historical references, and image construction. Burin, Hale, and Saunders are based in Berlin.
Miriam Böhm was born in 1972. She attended the Academy of Art, Vienna (1993-97) and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (1999/2000) for Postgraduate Master Studies. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Harris Lieberman, New York , Institut, Berlin, Analix Forever, Geneva, and Galerie du Jour Agnes B., Paris. Böhm currently lives and works in Berlin. This is her first solo exhibition.