with sound by Peter Stapleton and Kim Pieters
20 November - 21 December, 2002
From February 2002 - February 2003, The Physics Room presents
HARD SELL!! - a series profiling
new and emerging talent in New Zealand contemporary art. Lyttelton
based artist Katharina Jaeger, takes the penultimate slot in the
series, with an installation of objects entitled Lift.
Jaegers practice often transforms materials
and objects into contexts beyond their original function -
recent works have regenerated the common plastic shopping bag, reconfigured
by the artist into exquisitely crafted sleeping bags and life jackets.
Shifting from the real to the surreal has
been a constant in Jaegers practice and is continued with
her installation at the Physics Room.
For her project Lift, Jaeger has incorporated textile,
creating unique seamed stockings to cover found objects with a fleshy
and stretchy translucent fabric. The everyday manufactured objects
remain recognisable in shape and form - a childs toy,
a teapot or telephone - yet they are completely transformed
and democratised by the fabric skin applied to each. Jaeger has
also enlisted the talent of two South Island sound artists, Peter
Stapleton and Kim Pieters, to create an accompanying soundtrack.
Utilising the recorded sounds of many of the household objects seen
in the installation, the musicians have created an eerie, droning
white noise companion to the pink and seemingly playful objects
masked by Jaeger in her installation.
Katharina Jaeger was the inaugural NCC 2000 Premier
Award winner and has exhibited locally at the CoCA and Salamander
Gallery. She is currently a tutor at the Christchurch Polytechnic
School of Arts & Design.
Purchase the HARDSELL!! catalogue
Reviews, Essays & Articles
The Press, 2002 Dec. 18, p. C3
Lift: installation by Katharina Jaeger.
The Package, December, 2002
Andrew Paul Wood
HARDSELL - BECAUSE YOU WANT IT!
KATHARINA JAEGAR - Artist Q&A
In The Physics Room Annual 2002