12 October – 27 November 2011
Inside the White Cube | North Gallery I, Bermondsey
Adept in her skilful engineering and practical manipulation of rudimentary materials, Kitty Kraus created a mesmerising installation of mirrored light boxes for ‘Inside the White Cube’. Kraus’ work draws upon aspects of minimalism, but further pushes the practice of economy, or purity, of form to the extent of negating or even obliterating the object altogether. In this installation, a series of rectilinear shaped boxes were constructed with sheets of mirrored glass, precariously balanced and adhered by sticky tape. In each box was a 100 watt light bulb, its cord snaking away in the darkness. There is a tension and vulnerability in the construction of this installation that is evident in much of Kraus’ work. The perfunctory joint edges of the mirrors allowing multiple bands of refracted light to be cast at various angles around the space, produced a spectral line drawing in light on the surrounding walls. Upon entering the space, visitors were greeted with an enigmatic text: ‘The reflection angle is a right angle, thus the light does not reach the lamp’.
Kitty Kraus was born in Heidelberg, Germany in 1976. She lives and works in Berlin.