OSB panels, square timer, PVC and rubber flooring, lacquer, liquid asphalt, lighting fixtures, mirrors, 750 x 300 x 275 cm, 2015–2016
The installation “Chiaroscuro” consists of two corridors: one white and brightly lit, like an aseptic hospital hallway, the other one black and dark, alluding to gloomy pedestrian underpasses. Both are abstractions of everyday functional spaces that in their reduction and stylization resemble stage sets. With the title “Chiaroscuro” on the other hand, reference is made to the juxtaposition of bright and dark areas in Baroque painting. At a more general level, the symbolism of bright and dark is often used to construct moral categorizations founded on the opposition of black and white, good and bad etc. The installation can be located in such a field of tension between rational planning, aesthetic dramatization and moral classification.