Originally through painting and then through photography, Veronika Kellndorfer has been concerned with the physical and social construction of space. Since 2003, Kellndorfer has photographed classic modernist architectural landmarks in Los Angeles, including the only house built by Oscar Niemeyer in the United States, Rudolph Schindler’s Lovell Beach House, John Lautner’s Silvertop home in Silver Lake, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Freeman House, among others. In 2012, she began photographing the architecture of Lina Bo Bardi, Oscar Niemeyer, and the gardens of Roberto Burle Marx, finding their approach to Brazilian Modernism nascent to a new scope of reference. Yet, rather than capturing the iconic wide-angle views of these famously photographed buildings, Kellndorfer focuses on the intimate details of windows and reflections and how they reveal the ephemeral nature of seeing, as well as the subjectivity of space. This ambiguity of space is heightened by Kellndorfer’s use of highly reflective glass panels that are often life-sized, and when displayed in a public setting, museum or gallery, invites the viewer to experience his or her own subjective surroundings.
Kellndorfer works and lives in Berlin, Germany. She has held solo exhibitions in museums and institutions around the world, including National Museum, Oslo, Norway (2017); Casa de Vidro, Instituto Lina Bo Bardi, São Paulo, Brazil (2015); Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany (2012 and 2014); Aedes Land, Berlin, Germany (2010); Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (2005); Il parco, Villa Massimo, Rome (2005); and University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (2003). She has been included in group exhibitions such as Fiction and Fabrication, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon, Portugal (2019); the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA (2016); Cidade Matarazzo, São Paulo, Brazil (2014); Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CA (2013 and 2016); Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA (2012); Villa Aurora Forum, Berlin, Germany (2010), and Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2008). Kellndorfer's work is included in the permanent collections of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Pilara Foundation, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CA; National Gallery, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA, among others.