Thomas Demand



, Fenster (Window), 1998, C-print and Diasec, 6 ft. 1/16 in. x 9 ft. 4 5/16 in. (183 x 286.5)
© 2017 Thomas Demand

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Each of Thomas Demandís photographs is one or more steps removed from reality, creating tension between the fabricated and the real. He begins with a pre-existing photograph of an actual location culled from the mass media. While his large-scale photographs resemble these mass-media images, they actually show three-dimensional, life-sized models made from cardboard and paper that Demand builds in his studio solely for the purpose of being photographed. Demand knowingly uses the traditional role of photography as a faithful transcriber of the world to throw his subjectís artificiality into doubt. This confounding of references is such that the very idea of an original recedes completely.

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