Posts Tagged ‘soft

23
Feb
11

Idris Khan : “Bernd and Hilla Becher” Works (Photography)

“every…Bernd and Hilla Becher Spherical type Gasholders”
Lambda digital C print
80 x 65 in
2004

“every…Bernd and Hilla Becher Prison type Gasholders”
Lambda digital C print
80 x 65 in
2004

‘Homage to Bernd Becher’
Bromide print
30 x 34 in
2007

“every…Bernd and Hilla Becher Gable Sided Houses”
Lambda digital C print
80 x 65 in
2004

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Since 1959 Bernd and Hilla Becher have been photographing industrial structures that exemplify modernist engineering, such as gas reservoirs and water towers. These works are often presented in groups of similar design; their repeated images make these everyday buildings seem strangely imposing and alien. Idris Khan’s Every… Bernd And Hilla Becher… series appropriates the Bechers’ imagery and compiles their collections into single super-images. In these pieces, multiple images are digitally layered and super-imposed giving the effect of an impressionistic drawing or blurred film still.

The structures in the Bechers’ original photographs are almost identical, though in Khan’s hands the images’ contrast and opacity is adjusted to ensure each layer can be seen and has presence. Though Khan works in mechanised media and his images are of industrial subjects, their effect is of a soft ethereal energy. They exude a transfixing spiritual quality in their densely compacted details and ghostly outlines. …conveying a sense of time depicted in motion, as if transporting the old buildings, in their obsolete black and white format, into the extreme future.

The Bechers took their photos as a means to document a disappearing tradition; by grouping them according to ‘typology’ the buildings’ designs function like archetypal symbols or an architectural language. Through Khan’s translucent aggregations, structures such as …Spherical Type Gasholders lose their commanding simplicity and rigid formalism and descend into fractured and gestural blurs. Through his photographs Khan compresses the timeline of repetition into indivisible subsuming moments and creates a poetic mutability from the fixed codes of history. [Extract : Saatchi Gallery]

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Idris Khan : Victoria Miro

Idris Khan : Yvon Lambert

15
Sep
10

Taku Aramasa : Photography (Pinhole Camera)

Akita
gelatin silver print
2004

Aomori
gelatin silver print
2004

Kyoto
gelatin silver print
2003

Nara
gelatin silver print
2003

Nara
gelatin silver print
2003

Nara
gelatin silver print
2003

Presented in Sakura are black and white pinhole photographs of the glorious displays of blooming cherry trees at the time of Sakura Matsuri, the annual cherry blossom festival in Japan. Aramasa employs the pinhole process for this series, a primitive photographic technique that functions like a miniature camera obscura, where light passes through tiny opening in a lensless camera and registers the image directly on film. The considered choice of this basic photographic method with its inherent immediacy reflects Aramasa’s desire to directly mirror his experience of this spectacular event in nature. The images are soft rather than sharp, due to the lack of a focusing lens and the long exposures required, and this resulting “blurriness” and distortion lends an effect of delirious motion to the imagery as the ephemeral blossoms fall from the trees and dust the landscape. [Extract : Stephen Wirtz Gallery]

Taku Aramasa : Photography




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