Artist: Sarah Ortmeyer with Kerstin Brätsch
Venue: Dvir, Brussels
Date: December 8, 2016 – January 21, 2017
Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.
Images courtesy of Dvir, Brussels
GRANDMASTER (feat. MONSTER)
Was she a happy mother, a spiritual guru, a secret agent, the wife of someone famous?
Or was she simply one of these female chess champions whose name we had
forgotten? From one competition to the next, she lived below dramatic skies. Skies with
impossible colors : off colors, off feelings from chaos to infinity. Someone once told her
: « We are going through uncomfortably exciting times. » She needed a change in her
life, she used to be a champion,
and kept on thinking of what was coming next?
I was remembered the other day of her golden ring LXIV (64) she’s been wearing it since
I’ve known her. Her idea of permanence and consistency always imbedded in her look.
In a bar in New York years ago, a friend said to her : « We are the champions of the
champions of the champions … » The tale of a night with Alexandra, Susan, Natalia,
diluted in white liquors. She felt that throughout the years she kept on collecting data, a
great amount of information that could help her win over and over. People recently
informed her about this new artificial intelligence system called FaceNet, that claims to
recognize 99% of human faces. She was intrigued … . For now on it will be all about «
hackers and painters ».
The terrifying idea that we couldn’t loose someone or get lost if we wanted to. The
comforting idea that faces of loved ones were never to be erased. Like the exquisite
marbling on the precious eggs, she composed with a fearless friend. After all she
was thinking of moving to a new city or a Greek island or just staying where she was, but
much more still than before.
Text by Julie Boukobza
MONSTER I – XI is made in collaboration with Kerstin Brätsch
Sarah Ortmeyer was born in 1980 in Frankfurt am Main. This year, her work has been shown at MoMA PS1, New York; 21, Haus Belvedere, Vienna; Istituto Svizzero, Rome, Leopoldmuseum, Vienna; Kunsthalle Baden–Baden and Tel Aviv Museum of Art.