Stephan Zirwes “Snow Works”

Krause Gallery

poster for Stephan Zirwes “Snow Works”

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Krause Gallery announces “Snow Works” Stephan Zirwes.

Hundreds of meters above the ground with a climbing harness, hanging out of an open helicopter, Zirwes composes his graphical abstractions of fields and zones. Photographing from all over the world, he lets the borders between reality and fiction disappear: An artificial seeming reality and real looking artificial worlds challenge a closer look.

His work shows patterns, structures, connections, boarders, uniformities and contrasts but also currentpolitical and sociocritical themes. The orthogonal view of his photographs reduces the space into two dimensions. Superficially the pictures don’t tell a story but allow an unemotional, aesthetical view on a “real-picture-graphic”. The content of the picture, through its abstract appearance, seems like an exemplary glance – not really touchable but still exactly classifiable.

But as soon as you step closer to the picture the dots and lines begin to unscramble, they turn into humans, buildings and recognizable figure parts. More and more details like the character of the surface, people in the picture and the still existing traces of their actions can be discovered. The human being is always the base of the motif. Past, present and future merge together. The reduced picture composition results in an artificial look in the photographs although what they are showing is a very exact picture of the reality.
The usage of implements happens under the primacy of the amplification of the impression: The goal is to create an overreality, that increases the tension in terms of content as well as in terms of visuals. The viewer has to ask himself if the scene is reality or fiction, but it is reality.



from May 18, 2012 to June 13, 2012

Opening Reception on 2012-05-18 from 18:00 to 21:00


Stephan Zirwes

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