"Passage", c-prints on aluminium behind plexiglas, ca. 120 x 150 cm
Julian Faulhaber - LDPE
Exhibition from 27 July to 26 August, 2006
Opening: 27 July, 2006
The series shows architectural constellations: interiors, views of buildings, a crossroads. Bright, monochrome expanses and abstract geometrical shapes dominate what looks like details of larger pictures. Light possesses a color of its own and seems highly artificial, as do the all too smooth surfaces. The spatial extensions and dimensions as well as the actual use of the interiors exhibited remain unclear. Uninhabited, void of even traces of a human presence, of anything left or deposited, these spaces and edifices cannot be connected with reality. They rather seem like models, stage sets or architectural blueprints designed on a computer, preoccupied with the future and as contrived as science fiction.
Finding such locales that possess the desired artificialness in design, material and light settings has played an important part in the development of Faulhaber's work. Gaining permission to photograph such places has been as complicated as capturing them in that absolutely pure state. Faulhaber's photos look so remarkably sheer and unblemished not because of supplementary retouching on the computer, but because all objects or inscriptions in situ were removed before the pictures were taken. The lighting, too, was not processed later, but remained the original light (artificial light in most cases). The developing process was very traditional, in other words, involving a large-format camera and no digital technology.
That the viewer is reminded of digital photography nevertheless is due to the aesthetic quality of the pictures, which in turn is indebted in large part to the arrangements of the given rooms and buildings. Strictly speaking, Faulhaber's pictures are documentations, which is really quite amazing; they seem so abstracted, so reduced.
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