Thomas Demand Phototrophy

Thomas Demand Phototrophy

by Kunsthaus Bregenz, Julia Franck, Eckhard Schneider
     
 
Thomas Demand is one of the most celebrated contemporary photo artists. At first sight, Demand�s pictures, say of a kitchen, a copy shop, or a car park, seem like depictions of everyday places. Yet on closer inspection they turn out to be reconstructions of reality: Demand creates life-size environments made of paper and cardboard and accurate down to the smallest

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Thomas Demand is one of the most celebrated contemporary photo artists. At first sight, Demand�s pictures, say of a kitchen, a copy shop, or a car park, seem like depictions of everyday places. Yet on closer inspection they turn out to be reconstructions of reality: Demand creates life-size environments made of paper and cardboard and accurate down to the smallest details, photographs these �re-creations� and then destroys them. The pictures that arise in this way put their finger squarely on the drab aesthetics of the modern office world and architecture. Demand�s sculptural and somehow filmic simulations, completely devoid of people, lead us into a world of models, in which a �faked� reality blends with the memory of a real reality to generate vividly cool images and to investigate the concept of virtual reality that plays such a key role in our technological multimedia age.This major monograph presents 66 key works from 1993 to the present.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Munich-born contemporary photo artist Thomas Demand makes carefully crafted, often full-sized models of such everyday places as kitchens, parking garages, offices, stairwells, and buildings, photographs them, and then destroys them. In giving us something we think we know and recognize, he relies on our visual momentum to carry us into thinking we are looking at photographs of the "real thing." But while his large, stiff, flatly lit images are familiar, they are also brand-new, ultimately reconceptualized realities. Published to coincide with a Demand retrospective at Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria, this substantial monograph includes a convoluted essay by American curator, author, and art critic Ralph Rugoff arguing that Demand is setting a "trap" for us, though Rugoff is right in observing the "stillness" of these images, a visual silence conveyed by the expository lighting and clean edges of the artist's cardboard machinery and office furniture. A short story by German writer Julia Franck seems to be an emulation of Demand's cool, detached approach to his artistry rather than the work of a writer with a story to tell. But Demand's fresh, visual thinking and documentation of an ephemeral but compelling place that exists next door to what we know make this big, clean, expensive volume a worthy addition to any contemporary collection.-David Bryant, New Canaan Lib., CT Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9783829601719
Publisher:
Prestel Publishing
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
14.82(w) x 12.50(h) x 0.54(d)

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