Oskar Schmidt, Kitchen wall, 2011, 45x57cm. Silver gelantine print
Oskar Schmidt presents his latest work titled "The American Series I - XII". In this, he creates new portrayals of selected photographs by Walker Evans - today part of the cultural memory - in a two-pronged way. To do this, he set up life-sized settings in his studio, with which he produced detailed remakes of Walker Evans' pictorial compositions. A weathered wooden wall with worn aluminium tableware or an old chair in front of it, various details of a modest wooden hut or a piece of torn hardwood floor with battered everyday objects can be found in the pictures. Oskar Schmidt depicts these minimalist and deserted stagings with invariable light conditions.
Oskar Schmidt's photographs are quotation and construct at the same time ¬- here, gradual shifts in perspective and objects force the characteristic of the designed results compared with their drafts.
Schmidt's works point to pivotal questions of photography such as authenticity and authorship while at the same time dealing with their elemental basic requirements: light and shadow.
Along with the media-reflecting approach gained through the process of annexation, Walker Evans' photos meet with a re-contextualisation. In this historical dimension, Oskar Schmidt's pictures - in spite of their fascinating calm and contemplative beauty - leave us with thoughts about the possible effects of our current social situation at the same time.
Oskar Schmidt (*1977) studied at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle and at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig. He currently lives and works in Berlin and Leipzig. His works were presented at the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts (2011), Germany, at the Zabludowicz Collection in London (2010), UK, Art Collection der Deutschen Börse in Frankfurt (2010), Germany, Goethe Institut in Washington (2010), USA, Kunsthalle Rostock (2009) and at C/O Berlin (2009) and are currently displayed at the Zabludowicz Collection in New York.