CUNSTHAUS is an artist collective established to provide engaging cultural programs and experiences through a collaborative curatorial perspective.
Anthea Behm | Mirror Lamp Hammer
April 15, 2017
4634 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL
Cunsthaus is proud to celebrate its one-year anniversary with the presentation of a new photo-based series by Anthea Behm, a critically engaged artist who works between the mediums of photography, video, drawing, and performance.
Behm’s photograms engage the connections between two seemingly distinct media: drawing, characterized by gesture and the artist’s hand, and photography, an ostensibly objective representation of the world around us. To make these camera-less, silver gelatin prints, the artist exposes photographic paper to light, and then draws images—primarily sourced from the internet—on the paper using developer solution. The print then goes through a conventional darkroom photography process: stop bath, fixer, and wash. Represented here are the everyday things whose given reality we take for granted: pockets, shoes, politics, language. In these images, they are shown to exist not solely as objects to be reflected in a photographic instant (as in a mirror), nor merely as the subjective illumination of our minds (as if we created the world through the lamp of our imagination). The world we experience is rather an entanglement of the subjective and the objective, the analog and the digital, the formed and the formless. And our visions, like hammers, maintain the power to reshape and reimagine the forms of our existence.
Behm received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and BFA from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Australia. She participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program; the Core Program, Museum of Fine Art Houston; and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Kaleidoscope, and Art & Australia, and her writing has been published in Feminism Reframed: Reflections on Art and Difference, Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Behm has recently exhibited at the Kadist Foundation, San Francisco, and the Orlando Museum of Art and currently teaches at the University of Florida, Gainesville.
CUNSTHAUS was established in the spring of 2016 by fourteen women in the Tampa Bay-area with practices in education, visual art, music, curation, and writing. Sited next to artist-run gallery space Tempus Projects, established in 2009, CUNSTHAUS is further developing the Seminole Heights neighborhood as an arts destination. Offering unique exhibitions and events spanning a range of media and a varied survey of artists, CUNSTHAUS’ primary mission is to create a space for artistic expression, dialogue and reflection contributing to the arts community within the local neighborhood of Seminole Heights and the Tampa Bay region.