»The Whiteness of the Whale part IV«
The reference of “The Whiteness of the Whale part IV” seems to be very clear: Moby Dick. But that animal which Charlotte McGowan-Griffin pulled ashore from the canals of the Spree does not pose any threat or danger. The multiple “Cuttings”, the cut paper as the Whale’s skin, rather implies its vulnerability. The explicit focus on “White” moreover refers – apart from the quote – to White as seemingly an untouchable and in its “purity” dominant “colour”. All the same she reflects all the various facetts of the animal’s innocence. Therefore the whale seems only threatening by its sheer size if at all. The massive presence of this stranded titan with its tender, detailed structure reflects perfectly the character of the space sorrounding it. Like a gigantic diamond of long gone times, injured but still full of radiance.
Exhibition through 7/20/13 – Open Sat 12 am – 6 pm and by appointment
With her big format “Paper Cuts” the English artist Charlotte McGowan-Griffin (born 1975) transfers the medium of the silhouette into the three-dimensional. With reference to the romantic traditions of the silhouette it is less the dulcet idyll but rather the feeling of size and the overwhelming presence that is of central importance to her space filling installations.
Education: MPhil / PhD Art , Goldsmiths College, London 2012, BA (hons) Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London (’94-’97)
Solo Exhbitions / projects (selection)
2012: The Rings of Saturn, frühsorge contemporary drawings, Berlin, 2010: Cutting In, Galerie Maurer, Frankfurt, 2009: Winter Ships, temporäre Installation, Herhúsið, Island Berlin, 2008:Totem Tree, Galerie P13, Heidelberg
Group exhibitions / projects (selection)
2012: Art Roots, Grizedale Forest, UK/ Papierarbeiten 3, Galerie Maurer, Frankfurt, 2011: Lady Paranoia and Mr. Killer, Galerie Polad-Hardouin, Paris/ Papier = Kunst, Kunstverein Aschaffenburg/ All of them Witches!, l’artpartment, Paris/ CUT, Museum Moderne Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt/ The Open Daybook Project, LACE, Los Angeles, 2010: CUT, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg