• Artist
    Silke Otto-Knapp
  • Title
  • Author
    Darby English, Ariane Müller, Aram Moshayedi
  • Details
    Paperback; 8-3/4 x 11 inches; 128 pages
  • Design
    Julie Peeters
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  • Description

    Bühnenbilder, the title of Silke Otto-Knapp’s exhibition in Minneapolis, are the fabricated views resulting from dressing sets. Neutral until they are costumed, they are like blank volumes awaiting a set designer’s meticulous treatment. The only colours in these works are black, grey, silver, and white. The artist’s palette and methodology, in which she applies a dark watercolour wash and then subtracts from it using absorptive implements, raising images from the dark, reflects the photograph’s urge to resurface something whose very location — in history, memory, desire — eludes the grasp of any image.