Opening: Friday, November 8, 6 – 8pm
Ratio 3 is pleased to present while, weil, an exhibition of recent works by Miriam Böhm. Featuring several new photographic series interspersed with discrete compositions, while, weil further refines the artist’s unique approach to abstraction. Through a combination of studio-based photography and natural motifs, Böhm brings her meticulous and perplexing image-making to the tradition of landscape photography.
Böhm’s recent works build on the methodology developed in her earliest series; by repeatedly photographing a physical arrangement of paper or other simple materials and incorporating sections of those photographs into the original arrangement, Böhm constructs a still life that features itself as a subject. With their source materials nearly indiscernible, many of Böhm’s images approach complete abstraction, depicting impossible spaces lit by contradictory light sources.
While several series in while, weil evoke Böhm’s earlier abstractions, many works in the exhibition depict recognizable scenes. By combining images of trees, lakes, and mountains in her camera’s frame, Böhm’s photographs suggest familiar vistas without resolving into traditional landscapes. Each image maintains a relationship to studio-arranged still life photography, while expanding on Böhm’s distinctively sculptural photographic practice.
Throughout the exhibition, Böhm’s sculptural sensibility is apparent in her treatment of each photograph as an object. Where one image is printed and framed traditionally, another is fabricated as if embedded into its frame, while others are installed as photographic wallpaper or printed on draped fabric. Taken together, the photographs comprising while, weil are varied in their presentation and complex in their conception, as Böhm’s practice becomes at once more expansive and distinct.
Böhm’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Wilhelm Hack Museum in Ludwigshafen, Germany and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Her works have been exhibited in group shows at the Aspen Art Museum; Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; Kumu Art Museum Tallinn, Estland; and Kunstforum NRW in Düsseldorf, Germany. Böhm’s works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; the Norton Museum, West Palm Beach, FL; Wilhelm Hack Museum; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This is her fourth solo exhibition with Ratio 3.