Exhibitions. Thomas Florschuetz – Jets
Bologna, Galleria Enrico Astuni
from: 08 may 2009 to: 09 july 2009
In the series Jets Thomas Florschuetz explores with the objective lens of his camera the tactile and morphologic qualities of the surface of discharged aircrafts. He transfers on the rectangular plane of the photography lines and areas of color, glares and light absorptions, as if he composed a painting with the aid of the gold section. That is that his images acquire an obvious photographic quality, once exceeded the first impression to find itself of forehead to photographies of pictures, only in the moment in which they appear printed on large scale on lucid paper and mounted under a plexiglass. The procedure of realization of the work is concentrated on the enlargement of the details and the repetition of the subjects from slightly various points of view, thus that the jets assume an abstract quality. In fact, the airplanes are never shown entirely, but rather gleaned from their original monumental manner and placed like not descriptive visual elements. Therefore we can affirm that the reading of the artist is inserted into the immediacy of the act of seeing that represents for him a vital process.
Like a mirage in the desert of Arizona thousands of airplanes of civil and military use, satellites and missiles appear aligned in tidy rows near Tucson, assembled into immense sets that form one of the most important epicenters of world-wide aviation. Place of tourist attraction that testifies a tecnocratic age of an almost frazzled prestige, the arsenal in disuse here has been transformed in an area that is more similar to a paleontological cemetary, where the fatal war machines step out from the history and enter into the fairground. Like all the cultural finds offered to the mass tourism, once lost their original function, the jets transform into images of the past and become receptacle ideals for the creation of other storys. Pointing out the signs of the decline of the time like the abrasions and the coating, Jets criticizes the race to the technological supremacy.
Thomas Florschuetz is born in Zwickau (Germany), in 1957. From 1982 on he lives and works in Berlin. Solo shows (selection): BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2004) and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2001–02). Group exhibitions (selection): ZKM, Karlsruhe; Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2000); MoMA, New York (1989-90, 1993 e 1998); Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (1997); Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt; Tate Gallery, Liverpool (1993); MoMA, San Francisco (1990).