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MANEUVRE OF PLENTY
Ed. COLLECTIVA, Berlin
German / English, 80 pages, 6 lenticular prints
THE POETRY OF THE IMMATERIAL
In her work Edith Kollath seems to be breathing life into inanimate things, just like Pygmalion in Ovid’s “Metamorphoses. Kollath creates a manifold universe of aesthetic transformations that stimulate reflection: a cloth falls again and again and yet differently every time; an artificially generated cloud emerges and vanishes; breathing books tell a new story of their own. Kollath is aware of the hubris implicit in making human breath the quintessence of her art: she encroaches on a prerogative of the gods. The resulting works are of compelling minimalist elegance and calm eloquence.
This monograph is the first book to present a comprehensive survey of Edith Kollath’s oeuvre and illustrates her strategic use of diverse media, including video, installation, objects, and paper. Six lenticular prints personally inserted by the artist offer an immediate experience of the movements or metamorphoses of selected installations.
With an introductory essay by the art scholar and curator Christina Grammatikopoulou.