In her graduating exhibition, artist Katharina Merten (*1987) shows five works, in their majority created specifically in the context of the show, all focusing on the vinyl record as central motif. Phenomena and strategies of pop music are transferred into the context of visual art and undergo an analysis within a new functional space. A particular emphasis is placed on the impact/significance of psychoanalysis on the production and readability of the work. The exhibition comprises different artistic media and techniques ranging from traditional graphic reproduction over sculptural pieces to an expansive video installation.
The readability of the works is located on the interface of pop cultural citations from music, film and fashion and the artist’s subjective and emotional statements.
The symptoms of psychological trauma – repetition, blanks, emotional overwhelm, injury and destruction – can be found in the exhibited works.
Katharina Merten’s exhibition in the gallery Galerie Jochen Hempel offers an opportunity to closely examine a medium from everyday life that has reached cult status – the vinyl record – within the aesthetic, psychological and pop cultural discourse.