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INGO MITTELSTAEDT - SOFT IMAGE

18 Sep 2014 – 15 Nov 2014

Galerie koal

Berlin, Germany

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The re-enactment of everyday aesthetics from the aesthetic threshold: leaflets of all types of supermarkets are the protagonists of the newest photographs of Ingo Mittelstaedt in which the artist continues his Chromas series from 2011. In front of a structured canvas — staged in a radical manner in a classic studio environment — bright advertisements of inexpensive meats and sausages are ruptured by fireworks and washing-machines through subtle gestures and artistic interventions. In front of the obliquely draped sides filigree structures - made mainly of organic material - unbend and, hardly noticeable, mark the room creating a network of formal and contentual correspondence. Thus, the large-sized photographs are characterized by an artistic play of picture-in-picture references, moments of vanitas and linguistic set pieces that, rather than having an anti-consumption attitude, make the transformative potential of photography fruitful for a media-aesthetic contemplation. Ingo Mittelstaedt (born 1978 in Berlin) studied at HBK Braunschweig. His works have been showcased in numerous national and international exhibition. Mittelstaedt, having been awarded by the Kunstverein Hannover, is currently living and working at Villa Minimo, Hannover. At abc - art berlin contemporary 2014 his works will be featured within a solo presentation for Galerie koal. In 2015, Mittelstaedt will participate as a fellowship holder in the ISCP program in New York. In spring 2016, he will have a solo exhibition at Kunstverein Hannover.

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