n De Arte - Just above the mantelpiece : views and (re)views

Volume 2013, Issue 88
  • ISSN : 0004-3389
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In her solo exhibition 'Just above the mantelpiece', Karin Preller has created a fantastic world of still-life images taken from photographs of an extensive collection of trinkets, dolls and curiosities collected, somewhat obsessively, by a friend. All the works are painted in oil on canvas, a traditional and humdrum medium in our world of new technology and postmodern open-endedness. However, it is through the play of painting against photography, colour against black and white, staged against unstaged scenes and busy versus quiet compositions that Preller creates depth of meaning and stimulates thoughts on composition, narrative, solitude and obsession.

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