Viktoria Schmid makes traces of light visible and turns them into the central focus of how she deals with time and space. While we generally only pay secondary attention to the play of shadow and light, she manages to draw attention back to these phenomena and she does so with impressive reduction. Schmid always observes her immediate surroundings very precisely, interweaving and translating them into abstract cyanotypes and films. Schmid’s work makes us inescapably aware of the fact that a space is always different at different times, that space is “time-space.” This is especially striking in the series ‘time flies’. We see the identical part of a room, a detail, captured in a series of frames at specific temporal intervals. The differences in the individual images reveal how time constantly redefines spaces through light. Consequently, the piece also fulfills fundamental premises of cinema that are hallmarks of the artist’s entire oeuvre.
The exhibition is on view until 8 July 2023. Open on Friday and Saturday from 14:00 to 18:00 and by appointment.
Where is Mrs. Ray? is a solo presentation of work by Viktoria Schmid and part of Liesbet Grupping’s artistic research, supported by the Flemish government and shown in chapters at violet.
Artists: Viktoria Schmid