June 23 - September 15, 2017
The Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock Abbey, England, UK
Lacock is near Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 2LG
“Who would have thought that so much wonder could still be created with straight photographs in a time given to digital manipulation?” Alan G. Artner, Chicago Tribune
‘Fractured Architecture, Cubist Photographs’
An exhibition of cubist inspired photographs, the work of German artist Thomas Kellner, opens at the National Trust Fox Talbot Museum in Lacock from Saturday 24 June.
Consider a mashup of the old saying ‘familiarity breeds contempt’ and the song ‘Everything Old is New Again’ and you will begin to see the world as Thomas Kellner depicts it.
Thomas is known for his photographs of seemingly dancing architectural exteriors of familiar structures from all over the world. Even though his photographs show well known buildings whose ‘straight’ pictures would be immediately recognisable, his work is unique due to the artistic method he calls ‘visual analytical synthesis’ in which he does not take one shot but a number of thoughtfully planned ones in order to create a picture out of contact sheets. His work is often referred to as Cubism as his creative process includes a construction but with the results resembling a deconstruction.
‘I think I am more of an artist than a photographer.’ says Thomas. ‘At the moment I am working on architecture, but it is not classic architectural photography. There are definitions in art about ‘construction/deconstruction’ or ‘collage/decollage,’ but I don’t think any of it really fits what I am doing right now, maybe my work is closer to conceptual art or conceptual photography. Many have said it is ‘very German,’ and that might be closer.’
Thomas’ work imitates the wandering look of the eye, showing segments of the total which come together as one image. His photographs do not necessarily deconstruct architecture but instead reconstruct our view of it. Thomas has developed his own unique visual language of multiple perspectives whereby the finished image is a sequence mounted on a contact sheet of 35-mm roll of film and sometimes, two or more rolls.
thank you to Roger Watson and the National Trust and the team at Lacock Abbey for hosting my show at the birthplace of photography.
A very special thank you to Liz and Skip Kohloff from Denver sending me this way in 2003, when I was in Cardiff. They told me how close Lacock was and made me photograph here. Thank you to Alasdair Foster to put me in contact to Roger Watson at the Fox Talbot Museum.