Article Number: 2140
Soft Cover, German, Thread Stitching, 2006, Secession
Matthias Herrmann, Jan Verwoert

Kirsten Pieroth

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Kirsten Pieroth uses everyday objects, situations and activities, isolates them from their original settings and inserts them into a different context. This transfer causes an irritation in the interpretation of perception: individual things, which we usually identify according to their form, function, or use, no longer offer this habitual perspective ascribed to them, but instead refer to multiplied readings, strange systems of reference, and absurd chains of association.

The exhibition in the Secession Galerie offers the first comprehensive survey of Kirsten Pieroth's recent work. Presence and absence, mental and physical distances, the relation between places and the tension between the literal and the abstract aspects of linguistic signs form thematic fields among the works in the exhibition.

The reversal of an incident and the tension between an event, its representation, and its description formed the starting point for Mein Flug über den Ozean (2002). The artist, who could not travel to an exhibition in New York herself, decided to make her absence the subject of her contribution to the show. Mein Flug über den Ozean is the title of the first German edition of Charles Lindberg's book about his legendary one-person flight over the Atlantic in 1927. Kirsten Pieroth sent the book, tied up with a cord and with stamps for the postage via airmail the other way across the Atlantic. On view in the gallery in New York the book object not only re-signified the title story but also the notion of site-specifity fundamental to contemporary art.