Mai 36 Galerie is delighted to present works from two new series by Thomas Ruff (born 1958 in Zell am Harmersbach/Schwarzwald).
Since the late 1970s, the artist has been exploring the structures and contiguities of the photographic medium. Ruff is interested not only in the various genres of photography, but also in the many different photographic techniques these involve. He analyses the visual significance and power of expression in different photographic genres -- including portraits, landscape, architecture, astronomy, reportage, nudes, abstraction – and makes use of all the photographic techniques and methods he knows. As a result, his oeuvre encompasses everything from his own analogue and digital photographs to computer-generated images as well as photographs from scientific and private archives, press photos and photos found on the internet.
In his two new series tripe and flower.s, shown together here for the first time, Ruff brings analogue photographic techniques of the 19th and 20th centuries into the digital world of the 21st.