Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

 

Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
July 8–August 30, 2014
Berlin

Give Back the Kingdom, the summer exhibition at Sprüth Magers Berlin, offers a survey of the multifaceted work of Anna Vogel. The artist studied at the Art Academy Düsseldorf in the master class of Andreas Gursky as well as with Thomas Ruff and Christopher Williams; she has been awarded various prizes for her œuvre, which is characterized by a rare atmospheric density and by a systematic investigation of the pictorial space of the photograph. Her mostly small-format photographs thereby distance themselves quite clearly from the sober, objective-material style that is normally associated with the Düsseldorf School.

Vogel's works function intuitively for the most part. The theme of Give Back the Kingdom – without sounding any religious or environmental overtones – has to do with the idea of a lost kingdom in a Biblical sense. The works of the exhibition focus on the nonchalance with which we treat the world, the unintended vestiges that we leave behind in it, the fleeting and superficial manner in which we perceive it. Here lifeless roadways stretch across unspecific landscapes. Rubbed-out, scratched oceans subside at the horizon. Forests can only be dimly recognized behind thick lines. In a few works, the landscapes have completely entered the realm of ornament and abstraction. In others, they take on post-apocalyptic aspects: Blood red and white clouds of fire-extinguishing sand float disquietingly in the atmosphere, as if they had been emitted not by airplanes, but by an invisible force. An aircraft carrier drifts homelessly upon the seas. At the edges of these pictures, in their instances of faint blurriness, their occasionally visible pixelation and color distortions, the noise of the atmosphere becomes clearly perceptible. The dynamic lines and scratches of the works point toward the inescapable slipping out of control to which our memory is subject in a world of constant acceleration.

 

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The investigation of these contents is accompanied by a richly imaginative playing with the medium of photography that self-confidently transcends the traditional borders of the genre. Vogel herself took some of the photographs on which the works are based; she found others on the Internet or created them herself with a computer. She subjects her motifs to a large number of analog and digital processes of image editing. She retouches certain visual elements or alters the pictorial composition. She makes use of traditional collage technique, expands the photographic space with the help of drafting tools, and is not afraid to scratch the picture surface in a mechanical way.

Upon a small space, with often succinct means, and without clearly revealing what exactly is being shown, the works in Give Back the Kingdom achieve an astounding auratic impact. Operating almost in a mode of sleepwalking, they set in motion perceptual irritations and doubt. They show a world, which remains in the realm of vagueness. Landscapes that seem somehow familiar, but then again are not. Settings that are known from somewhere, but nonetheless remain foreign. A kingdom whose melancholic energy oscillates between desire and discomfiture.

 

Installation Views
Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014

Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014

Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014

Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014

Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014

Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014

Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014

Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014

Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014

Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014

Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014

Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Details
Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Give Back the Kingdom
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, July 8–August 30, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

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Exhibited Works
Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Temple of Juno Agrigento, 2014
More Views

Anna Vogel
Temple of Juno Agrigento, 2014
Pigment print, scratched, varnish
33 × 28.5 cm
13 × 11 1/8 inches

More Views
Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Postcards from the glossy ocean, 2014
More Views

Anna Vogel
Postcards from the glossy ocean, 2014
Pigment print, copies, pigment, varnish
22 × 15.8 cm
8 5/8 × 6 1/8 inches

More Views
Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Clean 41 - 86, 2014
More Views

Anna Vogel
Clean 41 – 86, 2014
Pigment print, ink
58.2 × 50.9 cm
23 × 20 inches

More Views
Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Inkjet print
28.4 × 37.4 cm
11 1/8 × 14 3/4 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
More Views

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Inkjet print
30.5 × 33 cm
12 × 13 inches

More Views
Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Pigment print, inkjet print, acrylic
20.7 × 33 cm
8 1/8 × 13 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Little Tivon Link, 2014

Anna Vogel
Little Tivon Link, 2014
Inkjet print, ink
24.4 × 27.6 cm
9 5/8 × 10 7/8 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Inkjet print, scratched
30.9 × 23.5 cm
12 1/8 × 9 1/4 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Inkjet print
37 × 39 cm
14 5/8 × 15 3/8 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Pigment print
41.2 × 54.2 cm
16 1/8 × 21 3/8 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
More Views

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Pigment print
31.8 × 23.6 cm
12 1/2 × 9 1/4 inches

More Views
Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Pigment print
30.2 × 38 cm
12 × 15 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Pigment print
41.2 × 54.2 cm
16 1/8 × 21 3/8 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Inkjet print, ink
39 × 59 cm
15 3/8 × 23 1/4 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
More Views

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Inkjet print, scratched
38.4 × 51.4 cm
15 1/8 × 20 1/4 inches

More Views
Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Inkjet print, ink
100 × 79 cm
39 3/8 × 31 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Inkjet Prints, scratched, varnish
35.5 × 29.5 cm
14 × 11 5/8 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
More Views

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Inkjet print
23.6 × 30.8 cm
9 1/4 × 12 1/8 inches

More Views
Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Inkjet prints, varnish
38 × 30 cm
15 × 11 7/8 inches

Details
Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Temple of Juno Agrigento, 2014
Pigment print, scratched, varnish
33 × 28.5 cm
13 × 11 1/8 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Temple of Juno Agrigento, 2014 (detail)

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Temple of Juno Agrigento, 2014 (detail)

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Postcards from the glossy ocean, 2014
Pigment print, copies, pigment, varnish
22 × 15.8 cm
8 5/8 × 6 1/8 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Postcards from the glossy ocean, 2014 (detail)

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Postcards from the glossy ocean, 2014 (detail)

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Clean 41 – 86, 2014
Pigment print, ink
58.2 × 50.9 cm
23 × 20 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Clean 41 – 86, 2014 (detail)

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Clean 41 – 86, 2014 (detail)

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Inkjet print
28.4 × 37.4 cm
11 1/8 × 14 3/4 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Inkjet print
30.5 × 33 cm
12 × 13 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014 (detail)

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Pigment print, inkjet print, acrylic
20.7 × 33 cm
8 1/8 × 13 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Little Tivon Link, 2014
Inkjet print, ink
24.4 × 27.6 cm
9 5/8 × 10 7/8 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Inkjet print, scratched
30.9 × 23.5 cm
12 1/8 × 9 1/4 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Inkjet print
37 × 39 cm
14 5/8 × 15 3/8 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Pigment print
41.2 × 54.2 cm
16 1/8 × 21 3/8 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Pigment print
31.8 × 23.6 cm
12 1/2 × 9 1/4 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014 (detail)

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Pigment print
30.2 × 38 cm
12 × 15 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Pigment print
41.2 × 54.2 cm
16 1/8 × 21 3/8 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Inkjet print, ink
39 × 59 cm
15 3/8 × 23 1/4 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Inkjet print, scratched
38.4 × 51.4 cm
15 1/8 × 20 1/4 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014 (detail)

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014 (detail)

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Inkjet print, ink
100 × 79 cm
39 3/8 × 31 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Inkjet Prints, scratched, varnish
35.5 × 29.5 cm
14 × 11 5/8 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Inkjet print
23.6 × 30.8 cm
9 1/4 × 12 1/8 inches

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin
Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014 (detail)

Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom – Berlin

Anna Vogel
Untitled, 2014
Inkjet prints, varnish
38 × 30 cm
15 × 11 7/8 inches

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