Critic’s Picks: San Francisco
By Barbara Morris
Anouk Kruithof, a Dutch-born artist who now lives and works in Mexico City, uses found images as the seed for conceptual work involving photography, sculpture, installation, artists’ books and performance. Inspired by Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel’s 1977 Evidence, a book of images gleaned from various government, corporate and scientific archives, highlighting how context creates meaning, Kruithof’s new work builds on this foundation, exploiting the ready access of shared visual information. The work poses the question of how one may consider the photograph in an era when the veracity of the image is suspect. Her new show “#EVIDENCE,” at Casemore Kirkeby, located in the Minnesota Street Project art complex in SF’s Dogpatch, addresses the idea of photographic evidence in the form of 650 images taken from public Instagram accounts and recycled into intriguing works ranging from collages to sculpture. In several works, images taken from IDs confiscated by the TSA have been enlarged, flatbed printed on flexible plastic sheets, and draped or wrapped around enigmatic metal armatures; other works present colorful amorphous shapes in papier-mâché billowing up from tiny, selfie-stick bases, while here and there images emerge from the patchwork fields of color. “Anouk Kruithof: #EVIDENCE” is on view at Casemore Kirkeby from January 11 – March 18, 2017.