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6 September 2017
Thomas Ruff | press++32.10, 2016 | Chromogenic print, 38.1 x 30 cm

Thomas Ruff

press++32.10, 2016
Chromogenic print
38.1 x 30 cm

Thomas Ruff

press++70.01, 2016
Chromogenic print
184 x 225.5 cm

[from pressrelease/David Zwirner]
Thomas Ruff’s press++ series are photographs of archival media clippings from American newspapers across several decades. In the serie he focused on space exploration, cars, car crashes, and Hollywood stars. Ruff scanned the front and back of the original documents, which he has been collecting over several years, and combined the two sides. Interested equally in the subject matter (and any touch-ups) on the front of the paper and the words, stamps, signatures, and smudges on the back, he thus created seamless montages of image and text, in the process compromising the integrity of the former as well as adding relevant context. The overlap causes each side to lose its intended information and merge into a new image altogether. As such, the often disrespectful treatment of press pictures by newspaper editors becomes obvious, as text, cropping, and retouching can all fundamentally change the original document.

press++ continues Ruff’s long-standing interest in the deconstruction of the image and the new structures of photography following digital technology. It relates to earlier series by the artist including Newspaper Photographs (1990-1991), in which images were sourced from analog newspaper prints, and jpegs(2004-2007), where he used digitally disseminated photographs. The new works further recall the emergence of photomontage in Germany in the 1920s, where it was employed by Dada artists as a potent and subversive political tool. Ruff’s digital composites, however, are not concerned with the often fragmented and surrealistic effects produced by these art historical precedents, but with the treatment of the photographic image when it is redistributed and re-archived. As layers of information coexist seamlessly, the idea of a source becomes increasingly obsolescent and the image acquires even greater agency. The information of the press image is lost in favor of an image of its own artistic value

Thomas Ruff

press++59.78, 2016
Chromogenic print
59.7 × 69.7 cm

Thomas Ruff

press++50.08, 2016
Chromogenic print
237 × 185 cm

Thomas Ruff

press++30.18, 2016
Chromogenic print
222.3 x 184 cm

Thomas Ruff

press++28.19, 2016
Chromogenic print
223 x 185 cm

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