Katja Mater (NL): Cumulus
Exhibition: November 26 - 28, 2008, 12 till 5 pm
An agentur: presentation @ the Artis Library
Location: Artis Library, Plantage Middenlaan 45, Amsterdam
Official opening: Thursday November 27, 2008, 5 - 8 pm
5.30 pm: introduction about the location by Dr. Piet Verkruijsse, curator of Artis Library
Katja Mater turns the lens of photography on itself by employing technical conventions like exposure, depth of field and color to investigate her singular subjects. Rather than use photography solely as a transparent medium though, Mater 'tries to make viewers consider photography while simultaneously experiencing it.'
In 'Cumulus', Mater shows a work which departs from the worlds of imagination, and of immense wisdom and knowledge; the library. Open books from the Amsterdam Public Library pass in front of the camera showing images of clouds. Moving from right to left, the books ease across the frame, each one nudged gently along by the next. Over the course of an hour the images naturally progress, pictures of mostly blue sky give way to heavy cloud cover, storm, cloud break and a return to blue skies. The clouds as still images embedded in text are reanimated into a narrative arc through the illusionary framework of video. By documenting the document, adding artifice to the artifact, 'Cumulus' is scientifically a subject matter, but whimsical in its interpretation and structure.
Mater chose the Artis Bibliotheek Amsterdam, a place revealing the atmosphere of the pre-digital age, to resituate the intimate recorded video piece within the work climate of the reader and the premises thereof.
Mater graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy with a degree in Free Media in 2003, and subsequently attended the Amsterdam artists' institute de Ateliers from 2003 till 2005. In 2006, Mater was awarded a Skowhegan residency. She has exhibited her photographs and videos in shows throughout Europe and the US.