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Monika Romstein

Anechoic chamber

Installation Views

Photo: Dieter Düvelmeyer, courtesy Galerie Gilla Loercher

Installation view: Monika Romstein at Galerie Gilla Loercher 2011

Photo: Dieter Düvelmeyer, courtesy Galerie Gilla Loercher

Photo: Dieter Düvelmeyer, courtesy Galerie Gilla Loercher

Installation view: Monika Romstein at Galerie Gilla Loercher 2011

Photo: Dieter Düvelmeyer, courtesy Galerie Gilla Loercher

Photo: Dieter Düvelmeyer, courtesy Galerie Gilla Loercher

Installation view: Monika Romstein at Galerie Gilla Loercher 2011

Photo: Dieter Düvelmeyer, courtesy Galerie Gilla Loercher

Photo: Dieter Düvelmeyer, courtesy Galerie Gilla Loercher

Installation view: Monika Romstein at Galerie Gilla Loercher 2011

Photo: Dieter Düvelmeyer, courtesy Galerie Gilla Loercher

Works

Ink on paper \r<br>46 x 37 cm\r\n\r\nPrivate collection

Monika Romstein, Untitled, 2010

Ink on paper
46 x 37 cm Private collection

Press Release

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Galerie Gilla Lörcher is very pleased to present the second solo exhibition by the artist Monika Romstein.

For the “Anechoic chamber” exhibition, Monika Romstein is developing an installation, in which painting and video scenes are shown in a mysterious and condensed room-in-room situation. "Anechoic chamber" (translated: soundproof room) is a phantasmagoria, filled and permeated by the dynamics of overlapping time and space levels.
Based on personal, associative or foreign templates, the artist develops the subtle visual language that is so typical for her. The works pay tribute to a film in which a young woman is manipulated and almost driven insane by her husband.

Romstein, who studied at Dundee University (Scotland) and at the Städelschule in Frankfurt/Main (class Christa Näher), shows a spatial work from which pictorial spaces are developed in which figures appear and disappear again and again. The various references that are made point to a space of traditional stories and ideas, a post-cineastic situation that apparently imitates a post-historical situation. The immediacy and spontaneity of the brushstroke stand in contrast to Romstein's thoroughly thought-out spatial composition.

The catalogue, „Monika Romstein: Anachoic chamber“ accompanies the exhibition. With a text by film/art historian Dr. Renate Lippert. Edition: Galerie Gilla Loercher, 2012

Excerpt of the exhibition catalog text by Dr. Renate Lippert:
Above all it is the phenomenon of space we confront in Monika Romstein’s paintings over and over again. space, as well as an attempt to navigate it, a prudent approach, the way, the method. often she paints radically against spatial experience. moreover, the artist actually destroys pictorial space not to reproduce, but to create scenes, moods, states, visions and atmosphere. to create a place – a vessel – for the knowledge and imagination of the spectator.
(...) Inspired by figures and characters, borrowed from classic hollywood cinema, the artist likes to refer to highly emotionally engaged filmic experiences: memories of horror movies, psycho­ logical thrillers and melodramas. in Anechoic Chamber romstein uses material from Gaslight (George cukor, 1944), a film attributed to the «female gothic» or «paranoid women’s films» genre of the 40s.