Lars Bohman Gallery has the great pleasure to present new works by Barbara Probst. The exhibition 12 Moments will be the artist’s third solo exhibition at the gallery.
Throughout her artistry Probst has examined photography as a medium and as a practice. She introduces a space where the use of imagery creates a sense of familiarity, while simultaneously persisted as elusive. The works give rise to a diverse set of associations extending across surveillance film, fashion photography and street photography. There are also references to the French New Wave and Italian neorealism throughout her work. In some sense it is at this intersection, between the films moving picture and the static photograph that her images activate. She charges from the photographs inherent limitations in a deconstructive examination of the medium and its truth claims. Probst moves back and forth between various scenes and themes, challenging the boundaries between reality and fiction, the documentary and the staged. Her work reveals creative process while the displacements evoke a sense of doubt in the viewer.
Probsts background in sculpture becomes noticeable here partly by the strong spatial design of the arranged motives, but also through the photographs strongly accentuated spatiality within their installation. The viewer is moved around a scene of frozen moments in which the search for a logical chronology is reduced in favour of a simultaneous experience of the works in their entity.
Barbara Probst was born in 1964 in Munich, Germany, now living and working in New York and Munich. Probst studied at the Akademie der Bildende Kunste, Munich, 1984 - 1990 and at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf, 1988 - 1989. Works by Barbara Probst has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions, including at the Centre PasquArt, Kunsthaus Centre d'Art Biel, Switzerland; Kuckei + Kuckei, Berlin 2014; The National Museum, Copenhagen, 2013 - 2014; Murray Guy, New York, 2013; Wilkinson Gallery, London; Lars Bohman Gallery, 2012; Monica the Cardenaz, Zuoz, Switzerland; Murray Guy, New York, 2011; Jessica Bradley Art and Projects, Toronto, Canada; Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, 2010; Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milan; Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, Germany, 2009; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, USA, 2008; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Kuckei + Kuckei, Berlin, 2007; Murray Guy, New York, 2006; Kuckei + Kuckei, Berlin, 2005; Murray Guy, New York, 2004; Sprüth Magers Projekte, Munich, 2003; Cuxhavener Kunstverein, Cuxhaven, Germany, 2002; Kunstverein Schwerte, Schwerte, Germany, 2001; Galerie Philomene Magers, Munich, 2000.
Probsts works have also been shown in numerous group exhibitions, including those labelled MOCP at 40, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, 2016; Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Passing leap, Hauser & Wirth, New York, 2015; Probst is represented with works in the collections of, among other things, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco and at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York