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Angelika Krinzinger, Contact

Luxe Gallery
53 Stanton Street, 212-582-4425
East Village / Lower East Side
February 20 - March 24, 2007
Reception: Tuesday, February 20, 6 - 8 PM
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Starting out as a professional photographer, Austrian artist Angelika Krinzinger produced various series since the year 2000. For all variety, these reveal some constant themes such as her preoccupation with fragmentation of reality, mainly the human body.

For her more recent series – Untitled (body details) – Krinzinger again works with people she is personally associated with, a basic condition and supposition to express her voyeurism, and at the same enabling her to catch and reveal her models’ individuality, though she allows them to retain their own individual mystery.

As the title suggests, the photos in the series show all kind of body details – photos that have no further informational value and no history to tell. But Krinzinger takes a very close look, and her photos display aspects of the human body we might not see otherwise. So are some details quite easy to decode, and others very hard to locate – independent from their rate of intimacy. The artist is interested in the colour of the skin, the texture of the flesh and concentrating on the body’s sensitive parts; she is not concerned with an ironic exposure of her subjects, but with analytical though poetic observation to show the universal part of each of us through particular details, which constitute our individual characteristics.

Krinzinger’s so far last photographic series is a consequent next step in exploring the aesthetics of the body: At the moment the artist is working on a new series titled Contact: Formal similar to her body details these photos now show particular details of the body, where the models touch themselves or eachother. By her choice of subjects these photos produce even more intimate situations.

A fact the artist finds remarkable is, that her models concordantly not only like the photos of their own body but are also intrigued by its stangeness . Krinzinger’s sensitive portraits go beyond the current obsession with the body: The beauty of the human body is not about to be flawness in a whole, but in detail, resulting not out of power, but out of vulnerability.
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