“Photographs are continually sought as evidence, which is why they get manipulated or used in a manipulative context. Digitisation adds new complexity to these circumstances. And a new simplicity. It is these opposites that have always characterised the medium.” Adrian Sauer, 2020
About the artist
An essential constituent in Adrian Sauer’s work is the conception of photography in the digital age in regard to materiality, culture and purpose.
His works are designated by a unique and idiosyncratic appearance oscillating between hyperrealism and simultaneously an apparently unreal surface. Sauer’s vantage point is always the permeation of phenomena in our visual and material culture. He herewith uses very precisely the different possibilities of image- making for the respective object of his photographic interest.
Like no other artist of his generation, Adrian Sauer questions the possibilities of analogue and digital photography. He examines and deconstructs the modes of representation of digital image production, thereby exposing the photographic image as a mere construction. The focus is on the technological basis of photography, caused by the radical change of the last 30 years, which fundamentally changes the photographic process.
This is where Sauer comes in by fragmenting the process of image production, creating insights into individual elements. His conceptual approach allows for a complete new understanding of the image, which no longer deals with the exhibition wall as such, but approaches other disciplines by subversively undermining the photographic image and digital technology.
“While some of his works are dedicated to the semantic and pragmatic dimension of image usage – how images are used and read within a certain context – his main interest lies in the ‘morphology’ of the digital image, his ‘form theory’”. Florian Ebner, Centre Pompidou, 2014
Foto ArbeitenPublished by Galerie Klemm’s (Berlin) and Galería Helga de Alvear (Madrid), 2020
Rohbau/AtelierCatalogue with a text by Susanne Holschbach.
16.777.216 Farben (Farben, Arbeiten, Material)Three volumes. Artist's book containing a text by Florian Ebner.