Der Tiefenglanz II

Gavin Hipkins & Karl Fritsch, ‘Der Tiefenglanz II’,¬†installation view, Starkwhite

Leg of Lamb’s haunted by¬†Der Tiefenglanz II¬†–¬†an exhibition at Starkwhite, Auckland,¬†featuring a series of collaborative works by photographer Gavin Hipkins and jeweller Karl Fritsch. ¬†(This isn’t the duo’s first collaboration;¬†they worked together on Der Tiefenglanz¬†at Hamish McKay Gallery earlier this year). ¬†The artists’ working process loosely falls into two parts – Hipkins begins by selecting a series of ¬†images from his extensive visual archive and then prints them onto aluminium, before handing them over to Fritsch for modification.

Gavin Hipkins & Karl Fritsch, ‘Der Tiefenglanz (Adler II)’, 2012

Each print is muted, and the imagery they bear is sometimes¬†barely discernible, becoming clearer only at certain angles. ¬†The works’ enigmatic quality is amplified by their very ‘objectness’. ¬†Fritsch’s mastery of materiality – his interest in the texture of things – pushes Hipkins’ images into three dimensions. ¬†There’s a brilliant tension between Fritsch’s seductive use of precious materials (like cognac diamonds, smokey quartz and amethyst) and the sometimes violent way in which they intersect with the prints. ¬†Reproductions of cubist busts and hippies at play are bored into, scratched and studded with gemstones. ¬†There’s something Fontana-esque about these interventions. ¬†There’s a real physicality to them. ¬†Far from static, these strange objects hum.

Der Tiefenglanz II