April 13 till June 25, 2011
A series of photographs lines the wall of the gallery, catching the viewer’s eye through the gallery window. With its installative setting consisting of two tripods and a photo backdrop made of flowing, hand-painted fabric, the center of the gallery – defined with a light, PVC faux marble floor – reminds us of a phototographer’s studio that feels as timeless as it does removed from time. There is a space between the chrome metal case on the right of the set and a faux rock made of painted fiberglass to the left. It seems just large enough to have a latent pull on us viewers, subtly compelling us to assume certain poses on set: be it an impromptu lean against the cabinet or reclining on the rock for a casual rest.
„Set Smoke“ gives the precise impression of a photo set, both in material and appearance. But instead of the expected protagonists, Anne Pöhlmann shows highly aesthetic, small-format photographs of various object arrangements. Intriguingly, and with brilliant lighting effects, she places accessories associated with femininity – perfume bottles, jewelry, lipstick, mirror – with elements such as dice, slide frames and stationery. These pigment prints on thin, fine art paper take on a narrative, almost cinematic character; like in „Do the Don’ts“, for example, where a looped strand of pearls, sunglasses and a cigarette on hotel stationery, placed in front of a gray background, recall the casually discarded props of a 1950s film diva. Other arrangements – „for her“ or „Mehr als alle Worte (More than words)“ for example – show a strict, classic arrangement of her objects on mirrors.