21 April, 2008

Wolfgang Tillmans

28th May - 13th July

21 Herald Street
London E2 6JT

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Wolfgang Tillmans is one of those rare talents. His work has always had a raw feel to it usually associated with documentary photography. In fact, the first time I met Wolfgang he was doing just that at a friends club night: Kashpoint in Soundshaft, behind Heaven. From that point on he seemed to everywhere... A very affable man, always holding a camera. I didn't think too much of it, until I saw the photographs from that night in his studio, and then later at the Tate Britain. I knew that he was a photographic artist, but to see the images after watching him take these snapshots was beautiful. He had a fascinating ability to seemingly control light. It seems that this documentation of his friends and the people around him has always been a concern for him, often taking them out of context, and utilising the photographic process itself. 

"something appropriate about them... something recognisable from the photographs in front of me - the beautiful found within the make-piece and sustained by the most ordinary" Norbert Schoener's portrait from www.tate.org 

For this solo exhibition at Maureen Paley Gallery he will be experimenting more with abstraction. Although, I believe it will be abstraction achieved through the use of ordinary things. The work itself that will be on show will be brand new, but we are assured that it will follow the lead of the image you see here. These abstractions seem to have an ethereal quality to them, and this control of light and manipulation of medium is apparent.

Wolfgang Tillmans was the first photographer, and non-british citizen, to win the Turner Prize.

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