Since 2004 a new topic has begun to emerge in Claudia Pilsl’s work - the socio-cultural landscape of transitive places. More specifically still, Pilsl is looking at the constructed landscape, the artificiality of managed nature and the role of literature in mediating children’s play.
The work shown in ‘Between Worlds’ consists of 21 new photographs and is a continuation of an ongoing and larger series entitled ‘Playtime’, parts of which were shown in Austria in 2010 and also presented at the London Art Fair earlier this year.
Playing children form the central motifs of ‘Between Worlds’. Pilsl looks at how they interact with and adapt manmade structures and naturalistic landscapes. She uses photography, a medium that captures the present moment yet turns it instantaneously into the past. This timeline is exaggerated and further ruptured by the layering within the image.
The images capture the tension in the moment of a child’s immense physical yet ephemeral presence; the child as subject and not object – the controller rather than the controlled within a present situation, a here and now.
30 April – 28 May 2011
BendInTheRiver, 54 Bridge Street Gainsborough