Hamburg

Clay Ketter

Galerie Vera Munro

“You'll always find me in the kitchen at parties”: This syndrome could almost be the underlying reference of Clay Ketter's work. The “Kitchen Pieces,” which put him on the map in the mid-'90s, are based on modules from IKEA, Sweden's worldwide furniture manufacturer—kitchens everyone recognizes (or perhaps even has). They're a piece of global monoculture and thus a “non-site” in one's own home where family and party guests gather. Surface Habitat with Void, 1997, for instance, is a sort of tableau consisting of a built-in kitchen (which Ketter, a trained cabinetmaker, has altered in various ways) and including, on the back wall, one of Ketter's “Wall Paintings,” an abstraction whose white patches are reminiscent of the impressions left by freshly removed wallpaper.

Given the three-dimensional nature of his work, one might wonder that Ketter defines his art exclusively as painting. For

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