Vienna

Gert Rappenecker

Galerie Schorm

The works in this show come from Gert Rappenecker’s “Norderney Series,” 1990, and “Clay Drawings,” 1990–91. Actually, all of Rappenecker’s works here are untitled, and the series titles appear only in parentheses; the titles are thus more an aid in classification than a stimulus to association. Accordingly, the categories, and not so much the individual works, bring up art-historical references.

For the “Norderney Series,” named after a German island in the North Sea, the point of departure is the classical seascape. Rappenecker’s seascapes, however, are altered photographs: the horizon, as it meets a churning sea, is replaced by an artificial horizon, a white expanse created by not exposing this part of the photograph. The “Clay Drawings” are equally ambiguous. The subjective technique of drawing contrasts to the technoid appearance of the works. Values such as subjectivity and individual

Sign-in to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for artforum.com? Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW for only $50 a year—65% off the newsstand price—and get the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.