Visitors to this exhibition space must balance on planks and footbridges, while uneven mirrored surfaces and broken glass panels induce a sense of vertigo. "A Room Recalls" is conceptual artist Antonia Low's title for this artist's room, constructed especially for the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in the K21. The installation, which will remain on view for several months, is the work of an artist who was born in Liverpool in 1972 and currently lives in Berlin, and has received the Art Prize of the City of Bonn, among others.
"Antonia Low is a subtle perfectionist who interrogates spaces with reference to their internal relationships," explains exhibition curator Susanne Meyer-Büser: "In her installation 'A Room Recalls,' she deploys mirrored surfaces to investigate the visual shallows of a preexisting space." With every step, visitors – who view the floor, as though it were a mirrored ceiling, from a height of two-and-a-half meters – are confronted with questions of reality versus fiction. Moreover, a portion of the spatial architecture serves as a "screen" for the 1945 filming of Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1945); here, the cinematic architecture, with its orientation toward radical effect of depth, encounters the suggestive reflections of the exhibition space.
making of: Antonia Low "A room recalls"