Sabine Dehnel (born in Ludwigshafen on the Rhine in 1971) is living and working in Berlin. She is combining painting with directed photography as well as abstraction with concreteness.
We are captivated by the following three aspects of her work:
1. Sabine Dehnel combines painting with staged photography, creating something new, thus far unprecedented. By
cross-media technique, she links the imaginative moment of painting with the authentic documentation of photography.
2. In the current series Mona, Sabine Dehnel refers to the long tradition of portraiture in painting as in photography, because initially the staging of people was similar in both meadia . The protagonists were equipped with precious accessories and clothing. Dehnel seizes this aspect by accoutring her sitters associatively with elaborate, custom-built handmade clothing. However, she deliberately avoids the representation of the women’s faces and thus creates a mysterious aura.
3. Sabine Dehnel reflects the auratic appearance in a devotion for the icon enclosed in amulets. At the same time, she refers to the post-mortem photography, which was an important part of the mortuary cult and the memory of a dear decedent in the 19th century. The ensuing absence of the person is depicted in the photograph, which constitutes its magic. Her impressive rotating sculptures equally reflect upon this absence. Consequently, the Black Swan Linda manufactured in a complex process by means of black nylon stockings and wire, serves as a memorial sculpture and portrait in devotion to a deceased lady. Just as in the series Mona, Sabine Dehnel permits no recognizable image in her sculptures and thus creates a romantically ensouled memory of a loved one.
In 2013, the official catalogue Sabine Dehnel. Reframing
was published by Hatje Cantz Verlag.
„Stay - Ich sterbe nicht umsonst“, e.artis contemporary, Chemnitz
„Reframing – Übermalen eines Moments“, Galerie Robert Drees, Hannover
„Mona“, Museum Wiesbaden
„Drop the thought“, LSD Galerie, Berlin
„Skirts“ (mit Heidi Lender), Richard Levy Gallery,Albuquerque, New Mexiko
„Die Dinge des Lebens“, Morgen Contemporary, Berlin
„playground“, Martin Asbaek Gallery, Kopenhagen
„Solo Project“, 2x2projects, Pulse Miami/Art Amsterdam
„Portraits“, Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris
„Solo Project“, MasArt Galerie, Photo Miami
„Playground“, MasArt Galerie, Barcelona
„undercover“, 2x2 Projects, Amsterdam
„elsewhere“, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexiko
„make up“, Martin Asbaek Projects, Kopenhagen
„Jede Ähnlichkeit ist frei erfunden“, Columbus Art Foundation, Ravensburg
„Relocated #1“, Galerie Filipp Rosbach, Leipzig
„In Between“, Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
„Ganze Tage in den Bäumen“, Kunstverein Ludwigshafen
„Inzwischen“, Kunstverein Münsterland, Coesfeld & Kunsthaus Wiesbaden
„Camouflage“, Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles
„No Holidays“, Galerie Asbaek, Kopenhagen