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Anna Vogel – Give Back the Kingdom

Jun 25, 2016 - Daniel Everett

In the summer of 2014, while teaching a study abroad course in Berlin I stumbled upon Anna Vogel’s exhibition, Give Back the Kingdom, at Sprueth Magers. Over the course of the month, I went back to it a number of times. There was something compelling to me about the subject matter and approach to materials. It’s hard to convey via JPGs, but the prints themselves are delicately scratched and repeatedly cut in parts. I liked the pacing of the arrangement in the gallery and the choice to use bare MDF frames that bore the finger prints of the installers. When I encountered the work I was feeling frustrated about the prospects of making meaningful landscape images at this point in time and this show made me feel hopeful again.