Above the Valley
Lambda Print / Diasec, 170 x 210 cm, 67 x 82 2/3 in, Ed. 5
Landscapes as projection screens for desires are the overarching theme of the German photographic artist Thomas Wrede (*1963, Lethmate). Since the late 1990s the artist has in various photographic series delved into our - still rather romantically characterised - desire to experience nature. He further questions the truth value and the messages of media images, which are surround us everywhere and at the same time form the visual basis for such desires.
Galerie Wagner + Partner is excited to be able to present the next instalment of the series "Real Landscapes" through new works by the artist. The works display Wrede's joy of creating his own visual worlds, which give the viewer the impression of already knowing them. By means of a foreground illusion, achieved through skilful staging of models in the real landscape, such as on the North Sea beach, Thomas Wrede produces pictures that seem without time and place. "Anywhere" leads through housing projects, snowfields or a South Sea paradise…
By constantly starting with omnipresent media imagery and merging them in his staged pictures with our desires, the artist achieves virtually hallucinogenic landscape images. Wredes works thus become an allegory of our time, in which - as media philosopher Vilém Flusser has put it - reality is forgotten in favor of artificial images. The world of images more real than reality. Absolutely everywhere.
In the context of the exhibition the catalogue "Anywhere" has been published by Kehrer Verlag (hard cover, 132 pages).