CVRD by Karin Apollonia Müller and Peter Nitsch
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About this series
Karin Apollonia Müller and Peter Nitsch, both German lens-based artists, have been photographing covered cars over the last couple of years. Müller in Los Angeles, California, Nitsch in Bangkok, Thailand. Müller uses an ethereal palette of muted tones during daylight to sunset whereas Nitsch makes use of the nightly silence of colored spotlights and vibrant fluorescent street lights. Müller consequently horizontal, Nitsch consequently vertical.
Both positions go beyond a typological approach in the sense of the german traditional Becher school fostering an attitude of detached observation and striking picture detail. They both explore the nexus of cultural understanding and the allure of the unknown and hidden, mystery and certainty, conspiracy and truth.
It was not easy to curate a final selection from all the thousand images we had. Each selected image convinces in its own complexity and uniqueness. It was even more difficult to classify the images into price categories. So we decided on a formal aspect which is: “Rarity aspect”. For example Tier 3 has more rarities than Tier 2. We see a covered motorcycle or a Porsche with an open trunk, a woolen cover or a black cover and so on. The Grails and Trophies are perhaps our personal diamonds. There is something distinctive and unspoken about them – maybe thats what these make them even more rare.
Karin Apollonia Müller
Karin Apollonia Müller holds a Masters in Film and Photography from The Folkwang School, Essen, Germany. She has received numerous awards, fellowships and her work is exhibited continuously in solo and group shows across the United States and Europe. Her work has been placed in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum, New York; LACMA, Los Angeles, among others. She has published four monographs, Angels in Fall, On Edge, Timbercove and Gate.
Peter Nitsch was born and raised in the Upper Palatinate, Germany. Working with photography and video, he received his BA in communication design from the Department of Design at the Munich University of Applied Sciences (MUAS). In 2020, Nitsch became a lifetime member of the Royal Photographic Society of Thailand. He has published three monographs, Bangkok-Urban Identites, Shophouses and Tango in the Big Mango.
Photos copyright Karin Apollonia Müller and Peter Nitsch
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