Annette Kelm: Knots
"Andrew Kreps Gallery is pleased to present Knots, Annette Kelm’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery.
In her work, Kelm is interested in the function of objects and the nature of their representation, typologies, mass production, design, and technology. Her photographs often conflate several genres into single images, or develop single motifs across serial images to combine a variety of artistic, historical, and cross-cultural references.
For the works in the exhibition, Kelm utilizes fancy and unusual textile backdrops to address questions of textile design as a form of visual language, and the representation of global trade routes. In Good Morning an unfolded, generically printed table napkin salutes the viewer in English, French, Spanish, and German - the four suns shining brightly behind the words. Small flower blossoms and the thick black cable of a flash unit cover the napkin, alluding to the studio technique behind the image, which is a recurring theme in Kelm’s photographs. The fold becomes an investigation of its own here as in Red Stripes, where mass-produced textile objects are unfolded or refolded..."