– 5 OCTOBER
HORN is pleased to present Grey Areas, the first UK solo show
of German artist Sinta Werner. The exhibition will feature a large-scale
in-situ installation as well as several smaller 3-D works and collages.
Werner’s elaborately constructed stage, within the main gallery,
will structurally and optically disrupt the space by the careful creation
of two illusory mirrors, both of which go on to reveal a virtual space
behind their apparent presence. Werner’s architectonic installations
are developed from different approaches in painting and in particular
her aim to extend its very notion. Her interest lies in the in-between
state between picture and space through principles taken from the theatrical
stage. In that context she engages with the tradition of illusionistic
painting and Alberti's metaphor of the visual pyramid.
with the architectural aspects of her surroundings, her works deconstruct
and fragment the space - creating not merely optical illusions but even elaborate
fictitious environments through which the viewer’s vision
is deceived. Merging the genres of painting, sculpture, installation
and architecture, Werner‘s practice deals with the concept of
one-point-perspective – creating a unique viewing point from
which the space appears flat and pictorial.
Central themes in her work
are the illusion of flatness in space and the creation of an illogical
and dematerialised scene by representing false perspectives and
planes, by the mirroring and doubling of architectural elements
or by creating a stage-like set in between two and three-dimensions.
response to a site and its architectural qualities enable her to create
a setting where the viewer’s senses are questioned. Her aim
is to mislead our perception by wrongfooted expectation and disorientation
- therefore dissolving conventional ways of seeing and representing.
These different scenarios are achieved by various techniques such
as collage, pictorial arrangements in space and scenographic installations
involving geometrical structures as well as architectural elements.
Werner (b. 1977) lives and works in Berlin and graduated with an MA
from Goldsmiths in 2007.
Recent exhibitions include The Third Floor at COMA (Center
for Opinions in Music and Art), Berlin; Sichtbarkeiten at Projektgalerie
Hofmann von Sell, Berlin; Wide Angels at Stedefreund, Berlin;
Celeste Art Prize, London; Stopover at ADA Street
Gallery, London; Grand Narratives at Gallery Bergstübl-Projekte,
Berlin; Kreisis at Gallery Eigeneswohnzimmer; Buntes at
Gallery Weißer Elefant, Berlin and Seesaw at Berliner