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Johanna Jaeger, sidewalk fossil (brooklyn), 2017, two C-prints, each 12 3/8 x 9 5/8".

Johanna Jaeger

Schwarz Contemporary

Johanna Jaeger, sidewalk fossil (brooklyn), 2017, two C-prints, each 12 3/8 x 9 5/8".

Johanna Jaeger’s pictorial practice unfolds along a variety of trajectories that are always in close touch with a core characteristic of photography: its relation to time. The new works she presented in her recent exhibition “checkerboard sky” translate this program into pictures that fuse complexity with Minimalist precision. Jaeger has devised an open and experimental yet distinctive visual idiom; her motifs are often liquid—drops of colored ink in water—and ephemeral phenomena, such as the process of a form’s gradual dissolution. Jaeger draws attention to modes of transition that may be read as reflections of genuinely photographic processes, paraphrasing concepts such as exposure or trace. Far from being drily analytical, such reflection, in her work, is a wellspring of poetic charm.

The two-part sidewalk fossil (brooklyn), 2017, matches close-up shots of a gray

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