Friday, May 24, 2024

Daniel Maier-Reimer at Clages – Artforum Worldwide


There’s a sure intangibility to Daniel Maier-Reimer’s aesthetic observe, which takes the type of journey. From the Laplands to New Zealand, the artist has created virtually fifty of those works over three a long time. He typically spends months alone on the highway, shifting largely by foot and both orienting himself utilizing landmarks like mountains and rivers or following geopolitical borders or metropolis limits. The artist information his wanderings with images, whereas resisting typical tropes of the documentary format. He makes use of easy, analog, light-weight cameras and doesn’t see the outcomes till he develops the movie. Inside the gallery, the works usually manifest as a single {photograph}, typically two. Solely hardly ever are there extra; often, there are none in any respect. This aligns Maier-Reimer’s observe with the Conceptual custom pioneered by stanley brouwn and Hamish Fulton, amongst others: the voyage as an area of particular person expertise that nearly eludes illustration. That’s why the artist considers his photographs—whose deliberate desultoriness bucks the clichés of the journey style—not “fine-art images” however an integral a part of the journey.

Maier-Reimer typically additional relinquishes interpretative management by entrusting the presentation of his work to others. For his solo present at Clages, he has collaborated with Mark Dion, who has staged the gallery’s lobby as a journey company. Between cabinets of brochures and guidebooks, Dion has inconspicuously built-in 4 of Maier-Reimer’s works: Lapland Autumn, 1990; Kaliningrad Peninsula, 2001; Tyrrhenian Sea to Adria, 2013; and Journey to Mount Etna, 2022. Maier-Reimer himself presents the identical motifs once more within the gallery’s different rooms, however he organizes them his personal method: a single piece per room, white partitions, giant frames, and beneficiant matting. This distinction, too, is all a part of the artists’ collaboration. The interlacing of contexts underscores the methods during which images transforms actual locations into imaginary areas.

Translated from German by Gerrit Jackson.


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