Astrid Klein


In some religions, time is honored as a second force of creation. It is also granted this function in Astrid Klein’s work. Klein makes use of the potential of various mediums—the precision of photography, the shadows and stereoscopic effect of relief, and the chiaroscuro and sfumato contours of drawing. Often she begins with a scrap of newsprint or a shred of a photograph. Gridded blow-ups and dissolves create alien structures, remote, inhospitable landscapes like those on other planets, forms stratified like mammoth sediments of dust.

Klein transforms her paper pictures into depthless, traumatic spaces—the real outer world becomes a surreal, inner one. These dark interior worlds are lit up like hallucinations, revealing visions that always have a historical or political component: mountains of skulls pile up in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, or the word “hope” appears in Cyrillic

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