‘Fractured Architecture, Cubist Photographs’ by Thomas Kellner
German photo artist, Thomas Kellner, presents an exhibition of cubist photography of the seemingly dancing architecture of famous landmarks at the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock, Britain's birthplace of photography.
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 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 considering that his creative process includes a construction but with the results resembling a deconstruction.
" I think I am more of an artist than a photographer. 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. Many have said it is ‘very German,’ and that might be closer."
Thomas’ work imitates the wandering look of the eye, showing us segments of the total which come together as one image. Therefore 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.
‘Fractured Architecture, Cubist Photographs’ is on display at the Fox Talbot Museum in Lacock from Saturday 24 June to Sunday 24 September and is free with normal admission.