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Susa Templin | Video of the exhibition RAUM-LICHT-ZEIT

26 Jun, 2021
Susa Templin talks about her exhibition RAUM-LICHT-ZEIT at the Museum für Konkrete Kunst Ingolstadt (MKK).

Susa Templin | Exhibition at MKK Ingolstadt

24 Jun, 2021
Susa Templins work is part of the exhibition ‚RAUM – LICHT – ZEIT‘ at MKK Ingolstadt. Opening on June 26, 2021.

Susa Templin | Exhibition – Space available #2 at Spor Klübü, Berlin

9 Okt, 2020
Susa Templin presents works created during her stay in the USA together with current ones. The exhibition is part of the project series ‚Re-Imagining America‘ at Spor Klübü in Berlin.

Susa Templin – Grundrisse | Kunsthalle Lingen

21 Aug, 2020
The solo exhibition ‚Grundrisse‘ by Susa Templin opens on Sep 11, 2021 at Kunsthalle Lingen.

About


Susa Templin who lives in Berlin and Frankfurt am Main, works with photography and three-dimensional spatial models, a concept that she concretized during her studio fellowship in New York and has since developed further.

From her analogue work with photographic images and the resulting models, she develops large walk-in installations, such as for the Kunsthalle Mannheim, Kunsthalle Nürnberg or the Berlinische Galerie.
Her works always question the flat image and create new spaces in a variety of ways and sizes.

In addition to numerous international exhibitions, lectures and teaching activities, Templin has also received various art projects in construction, for example for the Frankfurt University Hospital and the Ministry of Finance in Wiesbaden.

Her extensive archive of photographs of room fragments – a corner of a room, a piece of curtain, a certain door situation – always analogously photographed and processed in her own laboratory – Templin uses for new, atmospherically dense room designs. With the technical possibilities of photography and installation, the artist realizes subjective qualities of architecture and spaces.

Artist Statement


Spatial Abstractions


Susa Templin explores the question of how spaces and memories permeate each other. Her photographic investigations
lead to extensive installations. In the alternation of material and scale, models of paper and cardboard are created,
which are photographed and further processed from different perspectives. They are independent sculptures and at the
same time provide the motifs for further photographs.
The artist deals with images of memories that reappear in new compositions in spatial abstraction. Image by image and
layer by layer, often by multiple exposures, the photographically captured space is deconstructed, distorted in
perspective and subjectively reassembled. Statics and perspective are suspended. Interior views become facades,
exterior views become enigmatic interiors. The views distort optically and in reality in the folds of the folded picture walls.
For Susa Templin, spaces are nested storage media and she traces this universal, timeless memory of space
photographically and architecturally. This creates spatially accessible, photographic spaces of dreamlike lightness and
fragility.

Sites and Constructions


In her series Sites & Construction, Susa Templin explores the question of how spaces and memories permeate each other. Her photographic investigations lead to extensive installations. In the alternation of material and scale, models of paper and cardboard are created, which are photographed and further processed from different perspectives. They are independent sculptures and at the same time provide the motifs for further photographs.

The artist deals with images of memories that reappear in new compositions in spatial abstraction. Image by image and layer by layer, often by multiple exposures, the photographically captured space is deconstructed, distorted in perspective, and subjectively reassembled. Statics and perspective are suspended. Interior views become facades, exterior views become enigmatic interiors. The views distort optically and in reality in the folds of the folded picture walls.

Landscaping


Landscaping is a light installation that was made in the artist’s studio in New York. By using small plastic trees, the artist creates pieces of forest that develop a painterly effect in their coloring and spatial staggering. These models were photographed and inserted into the series in greatly enlarged form so that the realistic ‚playgrounds’ are juxtaposed with artificial miniature landscapes.

The light installation plays with a city dweller’s longing for nature. The extreme close-ups blur the background and give the impression of an unlimited forest. It is a play with proportions: toy trees proliferate monstrously, the viewer can lull himself into the dreamlike notion of being able to stay under trees. And it is a game with nature, the image of nature, our longing for it, and the idea we have of nature and landscape.

INDOORS LANDSCAPE, 2017, walk-in photo installation, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany (permanent collection)

Berlin Baroque


The winters on the Spree are cold, dark and mostly quite long. This was Susa Templin’s experience when she moved from New York to Berlin at the end of 2005. Shortly thereafter, when she received an invitation from the Berlinische Galerie to a solo exhibition, she responded to the winterly dreary city with a group of works created especially for the spatial situation of the museum. She called the cycle „Berlin Baroque,“ consisting of a large-format photo sculpture and a series of frameless photographs arranged in alternation of portrait and landscape format as a densely suspended, circumferential wall frieze. But the actual work began outside, in the cold space of the city: Here Susa Templin took photographs of typical Berlin apartment buildings, firewalls, and backyards and used them to build small architectural models in her studio. They reflect that urban dreariness, which then underwent a fulminant transformation in the further work process. Thus the artist brought the dismembered and newly assembled structures to life through the use of colorful tissue paper, glittering foil, and other hand, from which in the end – again photographed – plastic room collages of almost baroque appearance were created. This is not only due to the artistic intention to blur the boundaries between the genres of photography and sculpture beyond recognition. The cycle can be described as baroque above all because the trivial material is condensed into proliferating, moving, multi-perspective pictorial spaces of great visual splendor. The dominant feature here is an interplay of light and shadow, of razor-sharp and blurred parts of the picture, of shimmering paint and grey masonry, of architectural mass and organic uncontrolled growth, which triumphs over every attempt at spatial orientation in the narrow section of the picture. And this despite the fact that the tinkering character of the city fantasies, built in numerous variations, is never denied, but is clearly revealed through cut edges and other traces of processing. Susa Templin has supplemented these model photographs with a series of real interior photographs that she tracked down at night in Berlin’s urban space and which – mostly seen from the outside through large window panes – with their reflections and light effects unfold a similarly pompous effect. Well-dosdly integrated into the cycle, they tie back to reality, which the other works demonstrate by virtue of their illusion. Finally, the artist enlarged one of these photographs into an almost four-meter-high photographic sculpture that was mounted diagonally on the front wall of the exhibition space, from where it extended plastically to the floor. It formed the pivotal point of the spatial staging – and in its immediate, physical presence it illustrated what the entire image program of „Berlin Baroque“ is based on: a visionary proposal for the transformation of urban space, in which the limitations of the photographic medium are also lifted.
Dr. Stefan Rasche 

Installation view: Susa Templin, Berlin Baroque,2007, Berlinische Galerie, Museum of Modern Art, Photography and Architecture, Berlin, Germany

Education


Studied at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin and the State University of Fine Arts, the Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 1987 – 1993

Lecturer for Analogue Photography at the HFG Hochschule für Gestaltung, Offenbach, since 2019

Collections


Museum Folkwang, Photographic Collection

Berlinische Galerie, Museum of Modern Art, Architecture and Photography, Berlin

Kunsthalle Mannheim

Deutsche Bank Art Gallery Berlin and Frankfurt/Main

NBK, New Berlin Art Association

DZ Bank Art Collection, Frankfurt/Main

Michael Loulakis Collection, Berlin

Art Collection of the Hessian Parliament, State of Hesse

Hessian Cultural Foundation, Wiesbaden

Scholarships, Prizes


AAResidency, Stipendium des Auswärtigen Amtes und der Berliner Galerie, 2018

Award of the Welde Art Prize for Photography selected by Luminita Sabau and Florian Ebner, 2013

Bonn Art Fund, Catalogue, 2012

Fermynwood Art Centre, Norfolk, England, 2008

Studio Scholarship, OCA, Office for Contemporary Art, Oslo, 2004

Scholarship of the State of Rheinland-Pfalz, Künstlerhaus Balmoral, Germany, 2001

Scholarship of the Hessische Kulturstiftung (New York), 1996

Scholarship of the State of Hessen, Germany, 1995

Art Promotion Prize of the Frankfurt Artists’ Aid, 1993

Publications


Real Estate (Ed. Neuer Kunstverein Gießen, Markus Lepper, 2013
 
Totale Wohnung (Ed. Deck Galerie, Stuttgart), 2010
 
BerlinBarock (Ed. Berlinische Galerie, Ulrich Domröse, 2006
 
Landscaping (Ed. Klaus Gallwitz und Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral), 2002
 
Urbane Sequenzen (Ed. Kunsthalle Erfurt, Stefan Rasche, 2002
 
Einsiedler – Vorübergehend (Ed. Museum Folkwang, Essen, 2001
 
New York, New York (Ed. Rolf Lauter, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/M.), 2000
 
3 Feet 6 Inches Deep (Ed. EXPO 2000 u. Cato Jans, Dölling und Galitz Verlag), 1999
 
De tres courts espaces de temps (Ed. Biennale de l’Image und Centre National de la Photographie, Paris mit Text von Lewis Baltz, 1998
 
Milk, NY. (Ed. BZF, Staatliche Neubauleitung, Frankfurt M.), 1995
 
Putzen (Ed. Forum 1822, Frankfurt/Main), 1994

Solo Exhibitions (Selection)


Grundrisse, Kunsthalle Lingen 2020

Space Available #2, Spor Klübü, Berlin 2020

Premises., Dorothée Nilsson Gallery, Berlin 2020

Spatial Abstractions, AA Residency Exhibition, Auswärtiges Amt, Berlin, 2019

Sites and Constructions, Dorothée Nilsson Gallery, Berlin, 2018

Through the Backdoors to the Indoors, Photogallery |format| Malmö, 2016

Room Service, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2015

Rooms, Galerie Thomas Rehbein, Cologne, 2015

Other voices, other rooms, Galerie Rasche Ripken, Berlin, 2014

Real Estate, Reiss-Engelhorn Museums/ Zephyr, Mannheim (catalogue), 2013

Triangle of Need, Gallery Rasche Ripken, Berlin, 2011

BerlinBaroque, Berlinische Galerie, Museum of Modern Art, Photography and Architecture, Berlin (Publication), 2007

Indoors Landscapes – permanent installation, Kunsthalle Mannheim (Publication), 2003

Landscaping, NewmanPopiashvili Gallery, New York, N.Y. (catalogue), 2002

Landscaping, Goethe Institute, Washington D.C., 2001

Hermit – Temporary, Folkwang-Museum Essen, (catalogue), 2001

Presenting the Suite 106, NewmanPopiashvili Gallery, New York, 2001

3 Feet 6 Inches Deep, AuBase Gallery New York, N.Y. (catalogue), 1999

Fishtank, installation for EXPO 2000, Hanover (catalogue), 1999

Art in Construction Realizations


Room Reforms, temporary installation, Epiphaniaskirche, Frankfurt/Main, 2015

Indoors Landscapes II, variable lightbox work, Michael Loulakis Collection, Berlin & Frankfurt, 2012

Geometry in the Red Garden, wall work for the State of Hesse, University Hospitals Frankfurt/Main, 2009

Landscaping, walk-in lightboxes Rooms, Collection Schaub, Ludwigshafen, 2006

Green light photo sculptures, Dillenburg Police Headquarters, Hessen, 2004

Surrogate Landscape, Allianz Insurance Art Collection, Hamburg, 2003

Fishtank, temporary art at the building installation for Expo-Café, Hanover, 1999

Cleaning, permanent photo installation for the Cabinet Hall of the State Parliament of Wiesbaden, State of Hessen, 1996

Milk, four photo installations for the tax offices in Frankfurt/Main, State of Hessen, 1995

Group Exhibitions (Selection)


In weiter Ferne so nah, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin (catalogue), 2020

50 Jahre 1822-Forum, 1822-Forum, Frankfurt/Main, 2020

Landscaping, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, 2019

Room With A View, Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Dortmund, 2019

Realität Check, Collectors Collective Berlin, Kunstraum Potsdam, 2019

Nullpunkt der Orientierung, DZ Bank Art Collection, Frankfurt/Main, 2019

In Dialog with Strömholm, Dorothée Nilsson Gallery, Berlin, 2018
 
Einundzwanzig – Ansichten eines Kunstvereins, Neuer Kunstverein, Gießen, 2018
 
Die Schönheit der Formel, Kommunale Galerie, Berlin, 2017
 
Wohnvisionale, Film Keszthely, FilmFestival, Evangelische Stadt-Akademie, Frankfurt/Main, 2017

200 Jahre Städel – 200 Künstler, Galerie Perpetuel, Frankfurt/Main, 2017

Indoors Landscape, walk-in photo installation, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, 2017

The Fourth Dimension, Museum of Photography Braunschweig, Germany, 2016

Back to the future of photography, DZ Bank Art Collection, Frankfurt/ Main, Germany, 2016

You Cannot Do Nothing, with Sven Johne, Peter Fend, Kommunale Galerie Berlin, 2016

Home base: The Interior in the Present, Kai 10 Düsseldorf, (catalogue), 2016

How should I know what she likes?, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, 2016

Home base: The Interior in the Present, Kunsthalle Nürnberg (catalogue), 2015

Silent Heroes, Essenheim Art Association, Essenheim, 2015

About Color, with Thomas Werner and Hague Yang, Kunsthaus Wiesbaden, 2015

Winner Exhibition Welde Art Award, Stadtgalerie Mannheim, 2014

The Window in View, DZ-Bank Art Collection, Frankfurt/Main, 2013

Real Estate, Neuer Gießener Kunstverein, Gießen (catalogue), 2013

Keeping up Appearances, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, 2012

More Songs about Buildings and Food, with Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York, 2012

White, black and a little sky blue, with H. Warmuth, Galerie Thomas Rehbein Cologne, 2012

Balmoral Blend, Arp Musem, Remagen (catalogue), 2010

More than the eye can see. Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection, Frankfurt/Main (catalogue), 2008

Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI), Lima, 2008

Museo de Artes Visuales, Colección Santa Cruz – Yaconi, Santiago de Chile, 2008

Museo de Arte Moderna (MAM), São Paulo, 2008

One Hundred Years Kunsthalle Mannheim, Kunsthalle Mannheim, 2007

Contemporary Art Museum (MARCO), Monterrey, 2006

Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City, 2006

Museo del Banco de la República, Bogota, 2006

Full House, Mannheim Art Gallery, Mannheim, 2006

Urban Sequences, Kunsthalle, Erfurt (catalogue), 2002

Leuchtspur, in cooperation with the Museum für Moderne Kunst, with James Turrell, Joseph Kosuth, Dan Flavin, Frankfurt/Main (catalogue), 2002

Screen, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, 2001

Architectural Constructs in Contemporary Photography, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, 2000

Flakk, or that extraordinary sensation of being abroad even when at  home, curated by Andrea Kroksnes, The Nordens Hus, Reijkjavik (catalogue), 2000

New York, New York, Amerika-Haus in cooperation with the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/Main (catalogue), 2000

Biennale de l’Image- Paris ’98 – solo presentation curated by Lewis Baltz, Paris (catalogue), 1998


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