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California Dreaming takes us on a journey through time, back to the California of the fifties and sixties, when the American Dream was at its pinnacle in the Golden State. Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Palm Springs were at the centre of the social scene – expansive houses with functional designs, luscious green spaces, and turquoise pools became symbols of modernity. Architects like Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Albert Frey designed the dream homes of the Californian elite, buildings that wrote themselves into the history of architecture. Stephanie Kloss’s latest series of works can be seen as an homage to the great architects of late modernity, taking us on an adventure in search of Mid-Century Modern architecture in Southern California.
We instantly feel familiar with Kloss’s work. In fact, we actually do know these buildings: John Lautner’s Goldstein House in Los Angeles has been a location in films including The Big Lebowski and Charlie’s Angels. The large, open space at Frank Sinatra’s residence provided the backdrop for several episodes of the hit series Mad Men.
Kloss’s photographs could just as easily have come from a Hollywood film from the 1950s – we find our stunningly beautiful protagonist in every image, a living sculpture who breathes life into the simple architectural forms. She subtly draws us into the image, giving us a glimpse into a world that would normally stay hidden from our eyes.
It is this captivating contrast between narration and the artist’s clear, formal imagery that creates the extraordinary atmosphere of the California Dreaming series.
Stephanie Kloss’s fascination with art and architecture is visible throughout her work. After earning a degree in Architecture at the Technical University of Berlin in 1994, she soon began postgraduate studies in Media Art at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. There she studied with Thomas Struth, Candida Höfer, and Marie-Jo Lafontaine. Her work has since appeared in countless solo and group exhibitions, most recently in the renowned Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin.
1967 born in Karlsruhe 1994 Diploma in Architecture (Dipl-Ing) 1988 - 1994 Technische Universität Berlin; Department of Architecture 1998 Postgraduate Diploma in Media Arts 1995 - 1998 Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG), Karlsruhe, Department for Media Arts Class of Prof. Thomas Struth, Prof. Candida Höfer (photography) Class of Prof. Marie-Jo Lafontaine (Plastik / Multimedia) 1996 - 1997 Tutor for the class of Prof. Marie -Jo Lafontaine (Sculpture/ Multimedia) Student collaborator, cutter for video at the ‚Zentrum für Kunst- und Medientechnologie’ (ZKM), Karlsruhe Scientific collaboration in: Department for Architecture, Prof. Oertel, HfG, KarlsruheExhibitions
2006 „Brasilia, Bangkok, Berlin“, gallery Laura Mars, Berlin „Gas“, Commes des Garcons Guerilla Store, Berlin 2005 „Suchfunktionen“, with Marcus Kaiser, Stefan Lux, Abel Neue Kunst, Berlin „O.T.“, glue, with Rainer Kamlah, Berlin „Paare“, with Sigrun Paulsen, curated by Dr, Annemarie Freybourg DRK Kliniken Westend, Berlin 2004 „Licht“, Zeitgenössische Fotografie; group show with, a.o.M. Brandmeier, S. Bürner, N. Czech,C. Goedicke, A. Koch, T. Neumann H. Norberg, H. Specker, C. Zück; glue, Berlin „glue“; group show, grand opening of Kunstraum glue, Berlin 2003 „Kammern, Wände“, photography exhibition with, a.o. M. Brandmeier, M. Kaiser, H. Specker ; gallery Fleisch, Berlin „IF“; exhibition and international symposium on the Arts; Center of Contemporary Public Arts, Bitola, Macedonia, supported by Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen IFA, Katalog „Terrarium“; one person show, gallery ‚Laura Mars Group’, Berlin 2002 „Pool“; one person show; Freibad Letzigraben, Zürich, Switzerland „laura mars group show“, gallery ‚Laura Mars Group’, Berlin „Stardust Deluxe“; art happening on pop culture – artnights by Häagen-Dazs, Lisa Lounge, Berlin „Bad Hotel“; group show, Theater Gessnerallee, Zürich, Switzerland 2001 „Bei Einbruch der Dunkelheit“; one person show, Volksbank, Karlsruhe „novalog“; festival of new-media experience, Staatsbank, Berlin 2000 „Punk“; group show, gallery ‚Maschenmode’, Berlin 1999 „Work is Personal“; group show; gallery Eigen+Art, Berlin „Hauptstadtkulturkonferenz – Junge Kunst in Berlin“; group show, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Berlin „program“; group show and grand opening of the project space ‚Maschenmode’, Berlin 1998 „Bei Einbruch der Dunkelheit“; one person show, KdB, Berlin 1997 „Haut“; group show, Orgelfabrik, Karlsruhe „Fünf Jahre“; group show, Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe; Katalog 1996 „Testbild“; art competition, 3rd prize, ZKM-Schaufenster, Karlsruhe „Stereolog“; group show, gallery ‚Ob-Art’, Karlsruhe „Accrochage“; group show, gallery ‚Ob-Art’, Karlsruhe