55 x 50 cm [21.7 x 19.7 inches].
Edition of 50, signed and numbered verso.
About the work
For the Whitechapel Gallery, Thomas Ruff has created a new work from his Substrat series to accompany this in the 2016 exhibition Electronic Superhighway 2016-1966. The luminous photographs in the Substrat series blur historic photographic techniques of camera-less photography utilised by image-makers such as Man Ray with contemporary modes of visual appropriation. In order to make this body of ‘camera-less’ work, Ruff adopted obscure images of Japanese anime and digitally manipulated their neon colours and forms to produce phantasmagoric abstractions detached from the original image.
About the artist
Fascinated by the various possibilities of photography, Thomas Ruff has employed analogue, dark-room techniques alongside computer-generated and digital images, photographs from scientific archives, and those appropriated from the Internet and print publishing in his oeuvre. With a focus on process and aesthetics, Ruff has approached topics including political propaganda, portraiture and the military application of, and manipulation of, photographic technologies, always with a questioning of the veracity of the image.
Thomas Ruff (b. 1958, Zell am Harmersbach, West Germany) lives and works in Düsseldorf. Ruff's work has been the subject of major solo exhibitions internationally. His work is held in museum collections worldwide, including The Art Institute of Chicago; Dallas Museum of Art; Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria; Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Ghent.
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