Anna Vogel: Ferner weite Städte
Anna Vogel’s works are hybrid images, which transcend the borders of photography, but manage to remain firmly rooted in the medium. She uses photography as a starting point but “disassembles” the photographic depiction, digitally and manually. She erases, moves and accentuates image elements, draws on photography, sprays over it and scratches into its pigments.
In Ferner weite Städte, Anna Vogel shows, amongst other works, a new series that she produced for her solo show at Kunstverein Hildesheim. These landscapes, plants and fossils allow insight into past geologic eras – pre-man, or into apocalyptic scenarios – post-man. In mostly small-format scenarios, two-dimensional image compositions correspond with delicate structures; sober photographic depictions meet with flaring-ups of color and supposedly coincidental organic forms collide with precisely drawn lines. It is only through the disruption of photography and the simultaneity of contrasts that the non-depictable and hard-to-imagine locations are allowed into the image.
On regarding Anna Vogel’s works, a sensual joy at the synergy of the mediums, layers and breaches as well as a contemplative deepening into the discourse with the nature of photography, takes place. The dismantlement of the photographic norm allows for images containing an atmospheric density and conceptual depth to already be experienced on a sensual level along the image’s surface. The intermediate forms between depiction and invention, which shape Anna Vogel’s practice, enable the images to become metaphors for the possibility of imagination, the insecurity of memory and a desire for the unobtainable.
Anna Vogel (*1981) studied at the art academy in Düsseldorf under Thomas Ruff and Christopher Williams, finishing her studies as master student of Andreas Gursky. She has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows across Germany and Europe. Her work has been recognized multiple times, including as a recipient of the dhsc-studio scholarship and the sponsorship award of the city of Düsseldorf.
Text: Francisco Vogel