size: 120 x 173 cm
In Cobra the technical and visual conventions which Katrin Korfmann brings into play are readressed through a visual as well as conceptual premise, by shifting the documentary and narrative aspects of photography and, in so doing, questioning its role as a witness of truth.
What at first sight seems to be a precisely painted abstract image turns out upon closer scrutinity to be an ice skating ring photographed from above.
What looked like paint strokes turn out to be scratches and piles of snow which are formed by the tracks that skaters have left behind.
The title of the work refers to the CoBrA movement and the visual language associated with those artists as well as to the actual cobra snake, which underlines this challenging multi layered readability in the image.
size: 173 x 120 cm
68" x 47"
‘Waldung’, german for grove, depicts a section of trees in a forest, some of them fitted with platforms on various hights, ropes and wires hung from one tree to another.
A handfull of people are standing on the platforms or hang in the ropes.
This, for Korfmann’s work unusual perspective nevertheless challenges the viewers eye. The trees appear taller, some of them endlessly growing into space; there is no ground we could refer to nor a distinguished end of sight. As in many of Korfmann’s works it’s an arbitrary still in time and space and it is unclear at which point we are at.
Looking at trees is soothing for our minds and fills us with joy. Climbing in trees even takes us a step further and unites us with the beloved nature that we still feel to be part of but can’t seem to find an adequate way to relate to it.
Cobra / Waldung
installation view Gallery Andersson/Sandström, Stockholm
ultra chrome print
size: 120 x 173 cm
47" x 68"
Boardwalk, Santa Cruz
size: 145 x 100 cm
57" x 39"