LS/SPhotographs by Beate Gutschow
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Copublished with the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago.
Beate Gütschow: LS/S, the first monograph of this exceptional artist, features two bodies of work that compel the viewer to think about humankind's celebration of nature and our ceaseless desire to control it. In these luscious, digitally produced photographs each detail is carefully controlled. Every blade of grass, pebble, and nonchalant passerby has been painstakingly orchestrated by the artist, who draws on the traditions of Romantic-era painters and photo legends Lewis Baltz and Bernd and Hilla Becher. The landscapes (series LS) are constructed to convey the "perfect" pastoral scene. In stark contrast, the cityscapes (series S) present an eerily familiar vision of a nonexistent but clearly dystopian form of architecture. Although the two series present seemingly tranquil settings that at first appear as binary opposites, in fact, they are equally fraught with issues of control, inauthenticity, and the pursuit of perfection.
Beate Gütschow (born 1970, Mainz, Germany) studied at the School of Fine Arts, Oslo, and the School of Fine Arts, Hamburg. She has appeared in numerous shows throughout Europe and U.S. solo shows at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago and Danziger Projects, New York. Awards include the 2006 Ars Viva Prize, an Otto-Dix-Prize of New Media, and a Villa Aurora fellowship. She lives in Berlin and is represented by Danziger Projects, New York; Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich; and Produzentengalerie, Hamburg.