Florian Böhm (Germany)

14.02.2011 in13:06 in New masters, People -->

Florian Böhm, born in 1969, lives and works in Munich and New York. He has exhibited his work at various international institutions including KunstWerke Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), Storefront for Art and Architecture (New York), Haus der Kunst (Munich), Fondazione Adriano Olivetti (Rome), and Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain (Paris).
He was co-founder of the project EndCommercial® / Reading the City, a visual record of modern urban life widely acclaimed in journals and papers such as the New York Times, Domus, Art Forum, and Kunstforum International. The project contains over 60,000 images, and established a new visual vocabulary to describe our urban experience. Böhm’s recent publications as editor or author include KGID Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design (Phaidon Press 2005).
In the new collection Wait for Walk, Florian Böhm expands the typology of the urban area with an anthropological look at city people, in the form of studies of fluctuating, transient constellations of passers-by waiting at intersections in New York. The sidewalk becomes a stage on which the pulsating activity of the metropolis comes to a standstill for a brief moment. The flow of traffic became the shutter curtain, and the outcome is moments of great authenticity. It is great drama that takes place before our eyes, an interplay of rhetorical gestures and forms of behavior. A particular attraction of Böhm’s new works lies in the accidental combination of a number people with the aesthetics of a staged setting.
Florian Böhm’s works were exhibited at Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany in Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris, Kunstwerke, Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Fondazione Adriano Olivetti, Rome and the Fotomuseum in Munich.