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© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019<br/>    Picture: Courtesy of Thomas Ruff/Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich<br />

Thomas Ruff

Born 1958 in Zell am Harmersbach, Germany
Lives and works in Düsseldorf

jpeg wb 02, 2006

C-print on Diasec
188 x 266 cm

In the works of Thomas Ruff, reflection on the medium of photography and its final transformation from traditional cameras to digital photography is ever-present. Ruff found the motif of the abandoned railway line overgrown with young birch trees in the internet, processed it digitally and broke it down into countless individual, coloured pixels.

Thomas Ruff plays with the parameters of our perception. His enlarged and diminished pixel squares are pure digital products, which are assembled in the brain of the viewer into an overall picture. Flaws and irritations are automatically compensated and corrected, abstraction gives way to a concreteness that seeks space somewhere between focus and blur. Ruff himself describes this phenomenon: "The harder one looks, the less one sees."

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