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    lot 227 — Johanna Smiatek, Blow-Up II (2019)

unsold in slot Leerstellen­rauschen in auction Chapter 2
Concluded. 2021/8/28, 3 pm to 6 pm
auction finished. artworks are no longer visible for licensing reasons.

minimum price   950 €
price estimate   1.800 €

size   40 x 40 x 6,5 cm
edition   Unique piece
signature   signed on the back
frame   Object complete
condition   unblemished
technique   Mixed Media; light object / wood lacquered, spy mirror glass, magnifying optics, LED lighting

"Blow Up - II" is a work that deals with different possibilities of perception and interpretation and questioning them. It is both a quotation on an older work of mine from 2007 (Kabine-Blow Up) and of course ..."..... the reference to a cinematic masterpiece entitled "Blow Up", lending itself to an extended field of interpretation. ... Like many of Johanna Smiatek´s kinetic sculptures, this piece is a reference to the power of projection with which we imbue artifacts and lend them life. (Quote: Marc Wellmann)
As in the film of the same name (Antonioni), the work does not open up at first glance. Mysterious and closed. A flat box, in which a kind of peephole is built in, with a special mirror glass. When you step closer, you first see only your own eye reflected in the glass mirror. But if you look directly inside, you can see the two words "Blow Up" through a loupe with a high magnification factor. Originally tiny, printed in 3 point font and hardly visible to the naked eye, the words are blown up enormously. Similar to the film "Blow Up", a tiny detail is suddenly greatly magnified and takes on extremely important meaning. Through the possibility of looking more closely, light imprints of the viewer are created here over time at the peephole. This is part of the work and indicates the history. Similar to Duchamp’s "Étant Donné".

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