Frauke Dannert | Traumfragmente

23 February - 25 March 2023
The solo show Traumfragmente (Dream Fragments) at Galerie Kandlhofer presents works by the German artist Frauke Dannert. The exhibition features collaged works on paper, a wall painting specially conceived for the exhibition venue and a video work. Particular attention is paid to the newly created series of remarkable graphite paintings, which combine the artistic collage technique and the artist's expansive gestures in a painterly manner. 
Dannert's formal language is based on the artistic process of so-called paper cut-outs. For this purpose, the artist collects - similar to the cinematic found-footage principle - images of architectural concrete buildings, plant scans or natural objects, which she fuses with each other from a bundle of her own photographs as well as various photographic material from print media and the internet. Dannert works on the image material in a process of reproduction and deconstruction, destabilizing spatial regularities and alienating the original objects. 
The resulting forms are reminiscent of the "Objet Trouvé" of the French architect Le Corbousier, who in the 1930s began to build up a constantly growing collection of unclassifiable and ambiguously readable objects. Like Le Corbusier, Dannert is interested in an alternative world of forms that raises questions, provokes assumptions and playfully challenges the eye. 
For the transfer onto various image carriers, consisting of paper, raw cotton or the bare wall, Dannert uses a graphite process, which connects her works beyond the image carriers. Dannert's works not only break with the limits of the material and technical processes, the artist also defies given spatial structures by appropriating forms, light and shadow and thus creating new spaces of perception and experience. 
The exhibition Traumfragmente is conceived as an imaginary construction kit, composed of the so-called "Objet Trouvé", with the help of which Dannert gives the public access to infinite variants of association and to question predefined forms and realities. Viewers are invited to immerse themselves in the works several times and to enter into an interplay of analytical and associative thinking. 
Text by Claire Deuticke
Frauke Dannert (1979 in Herdecke, Germany) studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy and at Goldsmiths College in London. The artist lives and works in Cologne. 
Selected solo exhibitions of the artist include: Along the Windows and Mirrors, FELD- HAUS, Raketenstation Hombroich, Neuss (2021), In Schleifen, Galerie Rupert Pfab, Düsseldorf (2021), Frauke Dannert Ausgezeichnet #3, Kunstmuseum Bonn (2018), Bosco, Osthaus Museum, Hagen (2018), Folie [fɔli], Galerie Kandlhofer, Vienna (2018), Collage, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne (2016) Collage, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf (2016)
Selected group exhibitions include: ARCHITECTURE, Made in Düsseldorf #4, NRW FORUM, Düsseldorf (2022), Change of Place, The Collection of the Deutsche Bundesbank as a Guest at the MGGU, Museum Giersch, Frankfurt (2022) Wandgebunden, Skulpturenmuseum Marl (2022) Future / Memory, European Cultural Capital, Kaunas, Lithuania (2022), IDENTITY NOT PROVEN, New Acquisitions of the Federal Collection, Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (2022) From A to B, Museum Morsebroich, Leverkusen (2020), Dorothea- Erxleben- Stipendiatinnen 2017-2019 (2019), Reichtum Schwarz ist Gold, Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg (2018), VIER MAL NEUES AUF PAPIER, Sprengel Museum Hannover (2015), Ruhe-Störung, Streifzüge durch die Welten der Collage, Museum Marta, Herford (2013)
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