Katharina von Dolffs – 2010-11

Katharina von Dolffs, handiwork (Handarbeit), 2011

Katharina von Dolffs, handiwork (Handarbeit), 2011

Katharina von Dolffs, Crossfire, 2011

A pink, nose-shaped pedestal mounted on a wall (Nasensockel, 2011), brightly colored ice floes as spatial demarcators, a carpet overgrown with diverse types of knifes, a collection of handmade binoculars, paintings – some produced by third parties – with Rubenesque women lounging in front of neon backdrops (A gentle grip, 2011) or a windowsill full of porcelain hands, flamboyantly reaching towards the sky (Handarbeit, 2011): Katharina von Dolffs transgressive sculptures, paintings, films, installations and collections of objects are inherently related to humour.

The artist, born 1983 in Soest, studied Visual Arts at the Uiversity of Fine Arts Hamburg under Jonathan Monk, Andreas Slominski and Jutta Koether. Her artistic position is closely connected to the Arts and Crafts movement as well as US conceptual art of the 60’s and 70’s. Her works take pleasure in irritation, questioning the pseudo-neutrality of the white cube, the differentiation between high and popular culture as well as hierarchies within the arts. In Katharina von Dolffs performative artwork, the transitions between art and non-art as well as between reality and performance are subjected to scrutiny. The studio grant artist of District produces animistic works, which in her words “reciprocate the viewer’s gaze” and feature links to theatre, literature and historic moments (Scharmützel bei Meunedonk, 2011).

Katharina von Dolffs (*1983 Soest, Germany) studied Fine Arts at Hochschule für Bildende Künste (University of Fine Arts), Hamburg, Germany. In 2010 she received a scholarship from the Karl-Heinz-Ditze Stiftung. Von Dolffs has participated in group exhibitions at Goldsmith College London, England (2010), the Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland (2010) and the DAAD Galerie Berlin, Germany (2011).