For the work series titled Bearing Masonry, the artist deals with the Ennis-Brown-House in Los Angeles, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1923. Severely damaged by an earthquake in the 1990s, it has since been restored and is required, as a cultural heritage site, to be open to the public 12 days a year. This private residence in the iconic, Modernist Mayan Revival style has served as a backdrop for several Hollywood productions. For example, the distinctive concrete ornaments in relief, called “textile blocks”, play an essential role in Ridley Scott's classic film Blade Runner (1982). A replica of this part of the wall appears several times as a backdrop in various scenes in the film. Dorit Margreiter also uses this cinematic procedure in her preoccupation with the two rock fragments. This involves several translation processes: from architecture, to photography, to sculpture. Margreiter decontextualizes the objects, making them distinct with different techniques and materials, and reassembles them: as an object in the photo studio, characterized by the play of sharpness and blurriness, or as an independent sculpture that abandons the original concrete and now appears more “classical” as a bronze casting. For the artist, the relationship between the present and the past is the central starting point of her work. The visualization of representation and the perception of possible contradictions in reality and fiction are the focus.
evn collection, 2019 (translation: Virginia Dellenbaugh)