Thomas Demand was born in Munich in 1964. He studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Munich, the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf, the Cite des Arts, Paris, and Goldsmiths College, London. Demand begins by translating a preexisting image, usually culled from the media, into a life-size model he makes out of colored paper and cardboard. He recreates a room, a parking lot, a staircase, a landscape--then he photographs the model and destroys it. Demand's photographs appear at once compellingly real and strangely artificial. Since their subjects--handcrafted facsimiles of both architectural spaces and natural environments--are themselves built in the image of other images, the photographs are three times removed from the scenes they seek to depict. Combining craftsmanship and conceptualism in equal parts, Demand pushes the medium of photography toward uncharted frontiers.
Tom Sachs was born in New York in 1966. His famously crafty work has been exhibited in solo shows at galleries throughout Europe and the United States, including at Mary Boone Gallery, where the artist's exhibition of homemade working guns and real bullets got his dealer arrested. More recent one-person exhibitions include the Fondazione Prada, Milan (2006) and the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2003). Sachs is represented by Sperone Westwater, New York, and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris.