Back Stages | New Series by Katrin Korfmann
An exciting new body of work by Katrin Korfmann, created in collaboration with Jens Pfeifer, is now available at Bau-Xi Photo.
Back Stages documents the otherwise unseen world of manufacturing that is essential in the making of artworks and culturally important objects. Working alongside sculptor Jens Pfeifer, Korfmann captures busy production grounds, dye factories, welding workshops, and installation sites. By foregrounding these facilities, she highlights the processes involved in the creation of artwork, from the manufacturing of the materials to the final displayed object.
By drawing focus away from the archetypal ideal of a solitary artistic genius, and shifting it to a broader network of labor, Korfmann and Pfeifer engender a broader field of meaning that extends beyond the frame; the supposed mundanity documented in these scenes is as essential to the work as is artistic genius. Back Stages emphasizes the significance of manufacturing and materials in the world of high art.
Characteristic of Katrin Korfmann’s work to date, these aerial-perspective images are compilations of sequential incidents occurring over time within a single spatial context. Since the late 1990s, Korfmann has exhibited internationally in galleries, museums, alternative art institutions and public spaces. She has been widely collected in both private and public collections such as the ING Art Collection, European Patent Office and the Robert Bosch Foundation.
Originally from Germany, Korfmann lives and works in Amsterdam, and is a tutor at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.