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Susanne M. Winterling, Vertex Still (I) from Planetwall, 2015, digital print on Plexiglas, 23 5⁄8 × 31 1⁄2".

Susanne M. Winterling, Vertex Still (I) from Planetwall, 2015, digital print on Plexiglas, 23 5⁄8 × 31 1⁄2".

Susanne M. Winterling

Parrotta Contemporary Art

An almost magical radiance filled this exhibition. Susanne M. Winterling’s color photographs are luminous—yet what do they show? Cosmo Algae, 2019, for instance, depicts a hand with what appears to be a marble resting in its open palm—a magical sphere? And yet her recent show “Schwerkraft und Atem” (Gravity and Breath), subtitled “Contra-points,” had a fairly mundane theme: nature. It’s one that Winterling has explored for years. She has worked with scientists, delving into the eerie world charted by marine biologists, and trained her attention on the tiniest microorganisms, such as dinoflagellates. What fascinates her about them is their ability to read and shape their environments: Dinoflagellates react to biological imbalances or contamination by releasing colorants, causing events such as red tide. This show included two photographic stills from the CGI video Vertex, 2015, in which

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