Installation in the Residence of Munich by Caro Jost
acatech - GERMAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
Residence of Munich
80539 Munich / Germany
On show: July 15, 2009 - December 31, 2009
Streetprints 2005 – 2009:
Balatonalmadi, Basel, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Frankfurt, London, New York, Madrid, Miami, Munich, Paris, Prague, Porto Cervo, Salzburg-Munich A8, Seville, Shanghai, Veszprém, Vienna, Wolfsburg
Stammplatz (a favourite place): used Thonet chair
A Thonet chair casted in cement takes center stage of the installation. He hails from the former cocktail bar, called “Schumann´s” at Maximilianstrasse, Munich and was Caro Jost´s favourite place for years. Deep-seated with the floor, the chair is juxtaposed to the 123 x 166 inch sized art work: like welcoming it with open arms. The oversized art work on the wall represents movement, simply because 19 towns get together, meet and cross over. The art work is composed out of 42 single canvases; each individually made on and with the location (the streets of several towns) itself. The technique called Streetprints. In this case all these location coalesce into a unit and New York adjoins to Paris, Munich lies next to Miami and Hong Kong. The chair sets an antipole to the visual and boundless journey. He invites to take a brake and to stop over.
The topic of Caro Jost´s work is the reproduction and recording of places, which are important to her personally or to the art history. She doesn’t do this by way of photography, but rather by work-ing directly on and with the location itself. The surroundings themselves are the artistic tools. The moment of taking the mould from the street surface is comparable to the moment of the shutter release in photography. All of Caro Jost’s prints document the singular momentary situation of the environment. Every Streetprint is labeled with the date and location of its formation, thus creating a document of a moment in time with each piece. An exchange takes place. On the one hand, the face of the city is immortalized on CARO´s canvas; on the other, the canvas itself leaves its mark on the streets via a compound that resembles soft cement.