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Sabine Hornig : ‘Windows’ Series (Photography)

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From the inception of her work in the late 1990s, Sabine Horning has engaged in exploring specific spatial and perspectival concerns and the blurring of the distinctions between two-dimensional and three-dimensional space. Employing photography and sculpture in equal measure throughout her practice, Hornig supports and expands each of these mediums by cross-referencing one with the other.

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‘Radically Reduce’
C-print on Perspex
140 x 183 cm
2004
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‘No. 9′
C-print on Perspex
140 x 189 cm
2007
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‘No. 10′
C-print on Perspex
130 x 177 cm
2007
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‘Kleines Fenster’
C-print on Glass
80 x 116 cm
2009
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‘No. 12′
C-print on Glass
115 x 142 cm
2009
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‘No. 11′
C-print on Perspex
150 x 200 cm
2007
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‘Window with No Floor’
C-print on Perspex
140 x 195 cm
2006
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For Sabine Hornig, the window represents a basic, transparent, grid-like system that incorporates her ideas on the gaze, view and perspective, which oscillate between image and sculpture. Hornig finds the windows she uses in her photographs incidentally in modern cities, mostly in Berlin. Intentionally made visible or invisible, the window functions as a prevalent frame that contains certain flows, a certain motility between interior and exterior, public and private, transparency and distortion, open and closed space, and associated with this last pairing of terms, flight and confinement.

Through her activity of foregrounding the transparency (rather than the transparentness) of the palimpsestual threshold of the glass/window in her photographs, Hornig obliges us to become aware of glass (by means of Plexiglas) as a complex structure, a responsive surface and the window as a doubling boundary. In her recent suite of photographs of vacant shop windows, the artist not only expands on our awareness of the optics of the window as a sill, but raises these abandoned commercial spaces from their state of quiescent limbo to places where, in their emptiness, we are given reign to imagine past identity and future existence, where our emotions swing between melancholy and hope in the face of our ever-changing, mutant cities. – [Press Release: 'Landscape Negative' 2007]

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Sabine Hornig : Website

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