Artist: Caro Jost
Caro Jost’s “Streetprints” are, in fact, real prints of traces in streets and sidewalks that were inscribed over time. For more than 15 years, the artist has been systematically traveling to major cities such as New York, Berlin, Moscow and Hong Kong to gather these traces. The exact locations for recording these remnants are selected according to certain criteria, such as their historical or art-historical significance or Jost’s own personal relationship to the particular location.
Once the exact place has been found, often after extensive research, Caro Jost uses a specially prepared canvas to record an impression of the street surface, the cracks and furrows of which then form the composition on the canvas. All the traces that people have left there over time are recorded in this imprint: the footsteps of passers-by and residents whether hasty or slow, skid marks of car tires, the movements of the city.
In the von Rettberg Gallery exhibition “Volume 3”, Caro Jost presents a selection of two-meter long, linear stelae from the series “Babalu”. These are streetprints of the floor of her Munich studio, artistically complemented with geometric structures reminiscent of Manhattan’s street grid. >> more