ARCHIVE MATRIX ASSEMBLY
AUTHOR: NANA LAST
Archive Matrix Assembly: The Photography of Thomas Struth 1978–2018.
Unfolding across four decades, the range of subject matter and diversity of images that constitute German artist Thomas Struth’s body of photographs stretches out I waves- scenes of uninhabited urban streets are followed by those of families in their homes, people viewing artworks in museums, expanses of untouched wilderness, the space shuttle, Disneyland rides, patients in the operating room, entangled masses of wires, gauges, pipes, circuits, and other technological devices, and, most recently, deceased animals at a zoological lab. Begun in the late 1970s, the core of this vast undertaking lies in four clearly defined and methodically produced photographic archives of discrete subject matter: street-scapes, portraits, museums, and landscapes. Producing myriad variations along the way, by the early 2000s, this originating work reached a critical moment in its development, an inflection point. At this juncture, it stood poised to do one of two things: continue indefinitely in the same vain, introducing new series while adding images to existing ones, or altering the very terms that define the conception, focus, and amassing of his photographic production. What follows testifies to the latter, as the past decade has ushered in a proliferation of photographs that repeatedly lay claim to unexpected terrain. (…)
Across this span of work, from its inception through its current undertakings, the extensive range of Struth’s photography exhibits two competing pulls: a simultaneous deep commitment to its subject matter and repeated shifts in topic and approach. The interchange of these tendencies suggests a number of questions: What forms of relationsexist between individual photographs or series of photographs? What does the multiplicity and evolution of series disclose about the work? And how does the incremental accrual of images construct meaningful associations on the one hand, while directing the production of future images on the other?
“The first comprehensive, systematic theory of contemporary German artist Thomas Struth’s main body of photographic work from its beginnings in the late 1970s”
G. E. KIDDER SMITH BUILDSProject type
ARCHIVE MATRIX ASSEMBLYNana Last
BLANK: Speculations on CLT FEATUREProject type
Colors of RhetoricMaría Fullaondo
Koolhass For PradaProject type
BRACKETNeeraj Baathia, Mason White
Be SeatedJohn Lin, Sony Devabhaktuni
Colors of RhetoricMaria Fullaondo
ARCHITECTURE OF NATUREDiana Agrest
Social UrbanismProject type
GRID 5Project type
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