FORTHCOMING... Katrin Kampmann is a Berlin-based artist whose practice includes painting, works on paper and various "itinerant stagings" of her paintings. Rob Garrett is commissioning new work from the artist for presentation in New Zealand.
On a recent visit to her studio in Berlin, Rob Garrett discussed with the artist plans for two New Zealand projects. Firstly Kampmann will be represented by two works on paper in an international group show that Rob Garrett is curating for Snake Pit project space in Auckland towards the end of 2012. Secondly, subject to receiving project funding, there is a larger, more ambitious new project which will involve bringing Kampmann and new paintings travelling to New Zealand for a new "Wanderausstellung" [Touring Exhibition] project involving a series of wilderness stagings and one or two public exhibitions.
"I was attracted to this artist for the fresh high quality of her painting as well as for the thoughtful, but also whimsical, concepts she is exploring."
The New Zealand “Wanderausstellung” project:
Kampmann's proposed New Zealand project builds upon and extends the “Die Wanderausstellung” [The Touring Exhibition] project she undertook in Berlin and the Tyrol Alps:
This project has the potential to resonate well in both New Zealand and Germany because of our shared thrall for wild landscapes, the recreational outdoors, the romance of hiking; and our historically different, yet related ambivalence towards the cultural clichés that attend these affections for Nature and out outdoor traditions.