Project Description

Hat on Hook

Artist: Tatiana Kronberg | Curator: Summer Guthery
February 14th, 2014 – March 2nd, 2014

Trained as a photographer, Tatiana Kronberg is interested in the negative space that surrounds the objects as well as the positive form that space implies when the thing itself is absent. For Kronberg the entire space around an object, and the light and shadow that it reflects is of prime concern as the unrepresentable, that is, desire. Looking at photographs of luxury objects presented for sale, as well as mirrored display cases for similar products, Kronberg finds the transformative power of presentation inspiring; she wants the empty box, not the necklace. Her focus on the display mechanisms for objects (shelves at closing time, empty chocolate box inserts, velvet-lined jewelry cases) questions the nature of desire. Kronberg locates a structure in these presentation devices that, when reproduced, act similar to a photograph by their continuously poignant registration of absence/nonexistence/lack. By making photographs and sculptures of these hollow spaces themselves, she formalizes the abstract space of desire.

About the artist

Tatiana Kronberg was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been exhibited in group shows in New York at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center; Bull and Ram Gallery; Family Business Gallery; Socrates Sculpture Park; 179 Canal Street; and Artists Space. She received her MFA from the ICP-Bard program in Advanced Photographic Studies (2006) and a BA from New York University (1998).

About Hat On Hook

Hat On Hook is a 6′ x 8′ gallery located within Disjecta that is dedicated to showing single objects at a time in a looser timeframe than the main galleries.  These works will range from contemporary objects and art video to archival items.  The intention of the space is to allow for a complication, expansion, rebuttal or insight into ideas running through the larger exhibitions –  although sometimes they will exist completely independently.  Many of the objects were chosen based on their need for a more intimate, closer viewing that would be impossible in a group or larger exhibition.   The title of the room comes from it being the size of a closet, a place where a resident curator can hang her hat and the act of exposing your head.