Annette Kelm, ‘L’ O’, 2012, Galerie Meyer Kainer

About Annette Kelm

Annette Kelm’s conceptually inclined photographs draw on the visual language of advertising. Made within the historically strict framework of still life, landscape, and portrait photography, her staged color photographs acknowledge “photography’s collusion with consumerism, capitalism, and history,” writes the New York Times. Like the work of artists Christopher Williams and Roe Ethridge, who are also influenced by the Düsseldorf School, her clearly composed images isolate functional objects from their surroundings, breaking them down into formal components of shape and color.

German, b. 1975, Stuttgart, Germany, based in Berlin, Germany

About Michaela Meise

Incorporating elements of sculpture, installation, photography, and video, Michaela Meise’s eclectic practice is characterized by a “loaded nonchalance”, as one reviewer put it. Her sculptures transform furniture pieces into explorations of balance or unsettling vehicles for the display of idiosyncratic objects, including figurines, photographs, and books. Meise’s New York debut incorporated her various reactions to the themes and conflicts presented by the city: It included wall sculptures of cutout hearts (an homage to the ubiquitous “I [heart] New York” trope), photographs of a dance performance in Central Park, minimalist sculptures, and a film that interspersed footage of sites of antiquity with shots of Neoclassical architecture in New York.

German, b. 1976, Hanau, Germany, based in Berlin, Germany