This exhibition focuses on Tillmans’ multifaceted approach to non-lens-based image-making, featuring works from the mid 1980s to the present day. In the ground floor gallery Tillmans presents new Greifbar works created in the darkroom without negatives or a camera, but purely through the manipulation of light on paper. These Greifbar works mark a shift in the series by employing a new duo chromatic palette. Another series of Greifbar works that are more intimate in scale and restrained in their palette also punctuate the first floor gallery.
Tillmans began using photocopies in the late 1980s, understanding the possibilities they allowed him for making pictures. He has developed a uniquely inventive approach to the medium, creating many charged images. Tillmans presents a grouping of photocopy works including unique colour, and black and white copies, as well as inkjet prints of enlarged photocopies. Prior to embracing the possibilities of the photocopy Tillmans worked with drawing and painting, examples of which are also on view, and represent some of the earliest examples of the artist’s works.
Playing in the gallery’s yard is an audio work created from layered field recordings, importing a soundscape that interacts with the distinct audio sphere of the space.
Throughout his career Tillmans has been challenging the potentiality of making pictures. His work has epitomised a new kind of subjectivity in photography, pairing intimacy and playfulness with social critique and the persistent questioning of existing values and hierarchies. Through his seamless integration of genres, subjects, techniques, and exhibition strategies, he has expanded conventional ways of approaching the medium, and his practice continues to address the fundamental question of what it means to create pictures in an increasingly image-saturated world.
Exhibition Dates: June 5 – July 21, 2019
21 Herald Street
London E2 6JT