until 19.08. | #3925ARTatBerlin | neugerriemschneider presents from 09. June 2023 the exhibition by the artist Sharon Lockhart.
With a group of new cyanotype paintings, the artist continues to develop her filmic and photographic methods on canvas, continuing her enduring analyses of the temporal nature of images and their perception. The works are complemented by new photographs and a screening of EVENTIDE (2022), a contemplative photograph of a stretch of coastline in Gotland, Sweden.
Here, Lockhart captures the transition from dusk to night and extends this gradual change to the film’s characters, who move slowly within a static frame.
Based on photographs taken during the production of EVENTIDE, Lockhart adapts cyanotype-a photographic noble printing process developed in the mid-19th century around astronomy-to express the essence of the night sky in her paintings Untitled (Night Sky) (all 2022) and Untitled (Night Sea) (2023). Combining photographic and painterly techniques, she hand-applies photo emulsion over fiber-reactive dyes in luminous tones. These layers create finely nuanced abstract landscapes that, depending on how the eye fixes on the play of light and density, seem to elude perception. In this concentrated expression, they question established representations of nature and bring the processes of image creation and image viewing to the fore.
The works build on Lockhart’s cinematic works, to which subtle parallels attest. Conceptually, they are grounded in time in both production and reception and, like the artist’s films, reward the persistent gaze. Duration manifests itself here in detail and opaque depth, which paradoxically owes itself to the repeated natural exposure of the photographic emulsion – in some cases up to a hundred hours in total.
The result is a precise balance that evokes the uncertainty of the gloomy night, but also the hope of the bright day.
On the occasion of the exhibition, we will show Lockhart’s film EVENTIDE (2022), in which she addresses the experience of time through the gradually fading light of twilight. In the half-hour shot, several figures search a rocky shore with flashlights under a vast sky occasionally lit up by meteors and satellites, their determinate movements containing echoes of Lockhart’s ongoing preoccupation with choreography. Slowly, they enter and exit the frame, where the landscape eventually darkens. Looking down, the seekers seem to be absorbed in the present, providing a symbol of the transience of human existence. In contrast, traces of the past can be seen in the sky – a deep blue gradation reminiscent of cyanotype paintings: Stars whose light has been traveling for ages.
Sharon Lockhart, EVENTIDE, 2022, © Sharon Lockhart. Courtesy the artist and neugerriemschneider,
Berlin film still single -channel HD video installation (color/sound) 34:32 minutes
Sharon Lockhart (b. 1964) is currently included in the group exhibition Remedios: Where new land might grow, featuring works from the TBA21 collection at the Centro de Creación Contemporánea de Andalucía in Córdoba through March 31, 2024. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at international museums and institutions, including Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao (2021); Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore (2021); Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee (2019); Fondazione Fotografia Modena, Modena (2018); Lucerne Art Museum, Lucerne (2015); Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2014); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles (2012); Secession, Vienna (2008); Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg (2008); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2001); and MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna (2000).
The artist’s work has been featured in various biennials, including the Polish Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017), the Shanghai Biennial (2014), the Liverpool Biennial (2014), and the Whitney Biennial (1997, 2000, 2004). Sharon Lockhart lives and works in Los Angeles.
Location : Linienstraße
Film screening: Thursday, 8. June 2023 – 7pm
Exhibition dates : Friday, 9. June until Saturday, 19. August 2023To the Gallery
Image caption: Sharon Lockhart, Untitled (Night Sea), 2023, ©Sharon Lockhart. Courtesy the artist and neugerriemschneider, Berlincyanotype and Procion dye on canvas 2 parts: 167.6 x 134.6 cm, each overall: 167.6 x 269.24 cm
Exhibition Sharon Lockhart – Galerie neugerriemschneider | Zeitgenössische Kunst in Berlin | Contemporary Art | Ausstellungen Berlin Galerien | ART at Berlin