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Katharina Bosse: Surface Tension

Publisher: Hamburg: Kruse Verlag GmbH, 2001
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 3934923089
Condition: Fine / Near Fine
Item #: 111123



First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Photographically illustrated laminated paper-covered boards, with printed vellum-like dust jacket. Photographs by Katharina Bosse. Texts (in English and German) by Neal Leach and Reinhold Misselbeck. 112 pp., with 157 four-color plates. 12-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches.


Fine in Near Fine dust jacket (1/4-inch closed tear at top of front fold and 1/2-inch closed tear at top of rear panel, else Fine).


From the publisher: "The antinomian forces of the mundane and the bizarre find a delicate balance in Surface Tension, photographer Katharina Bosse's first monograph. This New York-based, German-born artist's work is a striking meditation on public space, private speculation, identity, and desire. Her cleverly surreal work consists of individual portraits as well as images of vacant interiors. In her portraits, Bosse's unwavering attention to her subjects' exterior presentation renders irrelevant traditional distinctions between documentary, art, and fashion photography. Her subjects present themselves voluntarily, addressing themselves to the camera while at the same time keeping certain things concealed. With the beginning and ending points of their outward surface so exactly demarcated, a strange melancholy settles over them--they seem to be dreaming themselves into existence. A different sort of 'dream life' presents itself in Bosse's interiors: in spaces ranging from train compartments to casinos to a dominatrix's chambers, the artist presents public spaces as a refraction of mass desire, and evokes the secret histories and memories that become embedded in any space through which human beings pass. These remarkable compositions possess a strange seductive force, beckoning with their lavish color and detail, yet disturbing the viewer by obscuring distinctions between inside and out."