exhibition view: Diana Rattray, Galerie Brunnhofer, 2014

A Diana Rattray picture comes with something quite odd. In the first few seconds, one fancies one is looking at an old photograph and, in turn, being catapulted by it into another world, another context. Rattary works in a blend of tradition, individuality and objectivity drawing its inspiration from the 1950s and 60s as transmitted through black-and-white snaps from English and German post-war photo albums.The artist’s own reading of this historical pictorial matrix is highly realistic and she interprets it in the same way. With the a pinch of irony, however, she lends the positivism of the 1950s a twist with situations as the outcome that may be comic, eccentric and quirky.