Steg, 2006

Schwerdtfeger, Grit

Steg, 2006

colour print

28 x 41 in. (71 x 104 cm)

Sandstrand, 2006

Schwerdtfeger, Grit

Sandstrand, 2006

colour print

28 x 41 in. (71 x 104 cm)

Plattform, 2006

Schwerdtfeger, Grit

Plattform, 2006

colour print

28 x 41 in. (71 x 104 cm)

Wald, 2006

Schwerdtfeger, Grit

Wald, 2006

colour print

28 x 41 in. (71 x 104 cm)

Brüstung, 2006

Schwerdtfeger, Grit

Brüstung, 2006

colour print

28 x 41 in. (71 x 104 cm)

Becken, 2006

Schwerdtfeger, Grit

Becken, 2006

colour print

28 x 41 in. (71 x 104 cm)

Rastplatz, 2006

Schwerdtfeger, Grit

Rastplatz, 2006

colour print

28 x 41 in. (71 x 104 cm)

Parkplatz, 2006

Schwerdtfeger, Grit

Parkplatz, 2006

colour print

28 x 41 in. (71 x 104 cm)

Lauf, 2006

Schwerdtfeger, Grit

Lauf, 2006

colour print

28 x 41 in. (71 x 104 cm)

Pier, 2006

Schwerdtfeger, Grit

Pier, 2006

colour print

28 x 41 in. (71 x 104 cm)

Leuchtturm, 2006

Schwerdtfeger, Grit

Leuchtturm, 2006

colour print

28 x 41 in. (71 x 104 cm)

Mädchen, 2006

Schwerdtfeger, Grit

Mädchen, 2006

colour print

28 x 41 in. (71 x 104 cm)

Hafen, 2006

Schwerdtfeger, Grit

Hafen, 2006

colour print

28 x 41 in. (71 x 104 cm)

Bergsee, 2006

Schwerdtfeger, Grit

Bergsee, 2006

colour print

28 x 41 in. (71 x 104 cm)

Weide, 2006

Schwerdtfeger, Grit

Weide, 2006

colour print

28 x 41 in. (71 x 104 cm)

Grillplatz, 2006

Schwerdtfeger, Grit

Grillplatz, 2006

colour print

28 x 41 in. (71 x 104 cm)

Schneezaun, 2006

Schwerdtfeger, Grit

Schneezaun, 2006

colour print

28 x 41 in. (71 x 104 cm)

Schwerdtfeger, Grit

Distanz 2006, 2009

installation at Kunstmuseum Dieselkraft, Germany

Schwerdtfeger, Grit

Distanz 2006, 2010

installation at Opelvillen Rüsselheim, Germany

Grit Schwerdtfeger

Distanz 2006             

 

“Cheerful, melancholy and frequently laconic, Grit Schwerdtfeger balances her art on the threshold between anticipation and memory.”  - Kristina Tieke

 

The photographs of German artist Grit Schwerdtfeger are enigmatic, distanced meditations on everyday places, landscapes and sites of social engagement. Distanz 2006 reveals the unusual beauty of familiar public spaces.  Balanced, symmetrical and controlled, to the point of near abstraction in some images, these serene, harmonious scenes belie the often chaotic nature of tourist and recreational sites.

 

Schwerdtfeger distances herself from her subject matter by employing a central perspective and rigidly controlled composition, in effect removing any specificity of place or time.

 

Born in Berlin, Schwerdtfeger completed her studies at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, where she currently lives; her work is included in corporate and private collections in England, France, Austria, Belgium, Germany and Canada.

 

Berlin-born artist Grit Schwerdtfeger completed her studies at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, where she currently lives. Her 2007 series, Distanz, invites the viewer into a visual world of casual beauty found in familiar spaces of leisure: beaches, spas, parks. Removed from place and time, the settings reflect a quiet sensitivity, captured in a modest format, central perspective, and layered symmetries. The artist maintains a controlled distance from the scene, always allowing the subdued colours of the landscape to reveal a reserved detachment. Within the serene order and harmony of the photographs, a sense of vacancy lingers. Human interaction is evident: traces of a domesticated landscape relate to the long-lasting relationship between nature and culture.

 

Schwerdtfeger has received numerous scholarships and awards, including a DAAD fellowship to study in Cuba, and a one-year residency at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Madrid. Her work is included in corporate and private collections in England, France, Austria, Belgium, Germany and Canada.