05 September 2012

Substrats by Thomas Ruff

Substracts 2002-03 by Thomas Ruff_
"The Substrat series is a logical extension of the nudes series. With the nudes, Ruff appropriated existing imagery from pornographic sites off the Internet and then proceeded to enlarge, distort and transform them. The Substrats are again taken from the Internet, this time using Japanese manga and anime cartoons. However, he alters and manipulates the source material such that the work becomes an abstraction of forms and colors with no visual memory of the original source material. The resulting images are wondrous, undulating abstract fields. Thus, after the nudes, Ruff tackles yet another genre, one certainly not at the heart of photography: abstraction." - David Zwirner. See more;