Archive: Issue No. 89, January 2005

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Dorothee Kreutzfeldt

Dorothee Kreutzfeldt
She says, Edition of 5
Colour pronto print. 32x37.5cm

Dorothee Kreutzfeldt at David Krut
by Robyn Sassen

Dorothee Kreutzfeldt's career has been characterised by art gestures and projects which have, in the past few months, provided her with critical credibility as an artist. She has demonstrated a willingness to put her money where her mouth is in terms of the problems which colour a burgeoning democracy in a place riddled with social contradictions.

Recently shown at David Krut Arts Resource was a modest exhibition of six new works by Kreutzfeldt. These are not urban gestures in situ, but a sampling of Kreutzfeldt's energetic ability with drypoint, chine collé and aquatint, instead. It doesn't disappoint.

Collectively entitled 'She Says... ', the exhibition conceptually addresses sexual innuendo and romantic disappointment, and offer a colouristic freshness and a musicality which belie the work's humble context, hung as it is, unframed, and in Krut's small shopfront empty of its bookcases or shelves.

Somewhere between monoprints and etchings, several contain the ambiguous red image of what seems to be the bottom half of a woman, crouched and contorted. This is repeated, logo-like, lending a sense of continuity to the works. The triptychs are inspired and interesting in their rawness and the give and take with which they challenge the normally tight medium of printmaking.

David Krut Art Resource is a cosy, yet cutting edge venue which hasn't yet been exploited to its full potential as an art gallery. Invaluable as an art book shop with its press in the back, the space continues to be a hive of relevant art activity.

Closed: December 18