© Walter NIEDERMAYR, courtesy: Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo and Robert Miller Gallery, New York

Kitzsteinhorn IV

ArtistWalter NIEDERMAYR
Year1997
Material/ Techniquechromogenic print
Size/ DurationH129×W161cm each (frame) (set of 2)
Copyright Notice© Walter NIEDERMAYR
courtesy: Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo and Robert Miller Gallery, New York
Year of acquisition/ donation2003
DescriptionBorn in Bolzano, Italy in 1952. Lives and works there.

Beginning with the landscape of his birthplace, a well-known summer resort, Walter Niedermayr has produced a series of photos with the theme of resorts around the world. While photographing worldwide, he intentionally overexposes pictures to create white compression, intensifying their abstraction, simplification and flatness. In addition, many of his works are groups of photos consisting of two, four or eight pictures. As a result, the artist releases the photos from the framework of ‘the decisive moment’ and tries to achieve a new reality.

"Kitzsteinhorn IV" is a piece from a series for which Niedermayer photographed ski resorts including Dachstein, Jungfraujoch and Shiga Kogen. Kitzsteinhorn is a ski resort near Salzburg in Austria. In this piece of two photos, the photo on the right shows small figures dotted on a white abstract background, drifting with a strange floating sensation. The left-hand photo shows the bare surface of the mountain, and we can realize that the white background in the other photo is the snow covering the mountain. There is a change in meaning whether we look at just one photo or we look at the two together, which is a characteristic of his work. "Space Con-sequence 44/45" is one of a series in which the artist photographed hospital interiors. The series began in 1991, and in 2001, a collection of photos bringing the series together was published. The title ‘44/45’ comes from the number of pages in the collection. Each work in this series consists of a pair of photos taken from different spots facing in opposite directions at a 180 degree angle. The photos for this work taken in Virchow-Klinikum in Berlin show a children’s room in the hospital, and depict children’s decorations hanging in a hospital-like white interior. There, contrasting elements of liveliness and tranquility are juxtaposed in a unique balance.

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