Kirsten Pieroth, Berliner Pfütze, 2001
Kirsten Pieroth, Berliner Pfütze, 2001


Kirsten Pieroth uses everyday objects, situations and activities, isolates them from their original settings and inserts them into a different context. This transfer causes an irritation in the interpretation of perception: individual things, which we usually identify according to their form, function, or use, no longer offer this habitual perspective ascribed to them, but instead refer to multiplied readings, strange systems of reference, and absurd chains of association.


Kirsten Pieroth, Mein Flug über den Ozean, 2002
Kirsten Pieroth, Mein Flug über den Ozean, 2002


The exhibition in the Secession Galerie offers the first comprehensive survey of Kirsten Pieroth's recent work. Presence and absence, mental and physical distances, the relation between places and the tension between the literal and the abstract aspects of linguistic signs form thematic fields among the works in the exhibition.


Kirsten Pieroth, Twenty-seven minutes, 2004 und Dead Ant, 2005
Kirsten Pieroth, Twenty-seven minutes, 2004 und Dead Ant, 2005


For Short Story (2004) Kirsten Pieroth acquired a dedication signed by Mark Twain: The artist then used the document signed with the words Truly Yours, Mark Twain as a ticket for a short trip on the Berlin commuter railway (S-Bahn), as the stamped validation on the paper shows. By juxtaposing two contrary fields of association – "short trip" and "short story" divergent logics of space and time intersect.


Kirsten Pieroth, Die Farbe der Meere, 2002 und Postkarten aus Berlin, 2001/2002
Kirsten Pieroth, Die Farbe der Meere, 2002 and Postkarten aus Berlin, 2001/2002


The reversal of an incident and the tension between an event, its representation, and its description formed the starting point for Mein Flug über den Ozean (2002). The artist, who could not travel to an exhibition in New York herself, decided to make her absence the subject of her contribution to the show. Mein Flug über den Ozean is the title of the first German edition of Charles Lindberg's book about his legendary one-person flight over the Atlantic in 1927. Kirsten Pieroth sent the book, tied up with a cord and with stamps for the postage via airmail the other way across the Atlantic. On view in the gallery in New York the book object not only re-signified the title story but also the notion of site-specifity fundamental to contemporary art.


Kirsten Pieroth, Postkarten aus Berlin, 2001/2002
Kirsten Pieroth, Postkarten aus Berlin, 2001/2002
  Kirsten Pieroth, Postkarten aus Berlin, 2001/2002, Detail
Detail


Indonesien, a map showing the "largest islands of Indonesia in alphabetical order", also dislocates traditional conventions. The orientation providing logic of geographical maps is substituted by an arrangement that supposes the linear sequence of an itinerary.


Kirsten Pieroth, exhibition view
Kirsten Pieroth, exhibition view


Kirsten Pieroth, Indonesien, 2002
Kirsten Pieroth, Indonesien, 2002


PUBLICATION

Katalog KIRSTEN PIEROTH

40 pages, numerous color illustrations
Secession 2005

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KIRSTEN PIEROTH, born 1970 in Offenbach/ Main, lives and works in Berlin
Solo Exhibitions (selection): 2005 ... kommen Sie doch, kommen Sie. Treten Sie mit mir in dieses Zimmer, Marie! (with Henrik Olesen), Cubitt, London; 2004 Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; 2003 From the Laboratory of Thomas A. Edison, Portikus, Frankfurt/Main; I regret that a previous engagement prevents me from accepting your kind invitation to dinner at your home, on Thursday evening, September seventeenth, Galerie Klosterfelde, Berlin; 2002 Mellemdækket Projektrum, Charlottenborg Udstillingsbygning, Kopenhagen; There are two temperatures: one outside, one inside, Kirsten Pieroth/Henrik Olesen, Galleria Franco Noero, Torino
Group Exhibitions (selection): 2005 The Need to Document, Kunsthaus Baselland, Bale; 2004 Drafting Deceit, Apexart, New York; Gelegenheit und Reue, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz; Never Never Landscape, c/o Atle Gerhardsen, Berlin; Manifesta 5, Donostia / San Sebastian; Socle du Monde Biennale, Kunstmuseum Herning; 2003 Adorno, Kunstverein Frankfurt/Main; GNS – Global Navigation System, Palais de Tokyo, Paris



Kirsten Pieroth, exhibition view
Kirsten Pieroth, exhibition view


Kirsten Pieroth, Short Story, 2004
Kirsten Pieroth, Short Story, 2004


In-Situs: Matthias Herrmann



The exhibitions are realized through support of:
Erste Bank – Partner of the Secession
Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur
Wien Kultur
Friends of the Secession



EVA SCHLEGEL     BIK VAN DER POL EXHIBITION PROGRAM 2005



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