Starting to produce larger-scale print pieces was a direct result of working with the artistic archives and library during the production of the smaller-scale collages. The correlation is obvious and visible, yet the socially critical aspect of Kleinfeld’s general practice is more pronounced once again here. Like the collages, the print compositions made up of multiple frames hung adjacently are using vintage imagery from the past to discuss themes directly relating to the present and future, both politically as well as individually.
It is widely understood that we ought to ‘look back at our history to understand our present’, that we should ‘learn the lessons from the past’, understand ourselves when ‘understanding where we are coming from’ and the like, just as much as that ‘history repeats itself’, et cetera. In our digital age where physical libraries have virtually become obsolete and where we are highly attuned to the consumption of ever more current, momentous imagery from posted social media content, it can be of relevance to consider the images of the past and look for the guide and semblance they offer, and also the beauty, care and love for order and composition. Often it is only with the distanced glance at images that are not our own lives anymore that we are able to grasp problems, difficulties and concepts directly affecting our current situation by way of abstraction – which is what many of these works invite the viewer to do.