In this clip, Thomas Ruff speaks about several recent bodies of work such as the series on Mies van der Rohe’s architecture that lead him to his next abstract series of Japanese blurred manga images playing with superimposition. Then, Ruff presents the Jpegs series, explaining how he is interested in revealing the structure of the image and their dissemination on Internet. By enlarging them, Ruff also plays with the perception of these images when the pixel patterns becomes sublime geometric displays of color. Finally, he touches on his newest work in two series: Zycles and Cassini, of abstract images created by a computer program.

The full version of this talk is available on vimeo and on our multimedia section, divided in four different clips.

Aperture and the photography department in the School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design presented this conversation between artist Thomas Ruff and writer, former picture editor, Philip Gefter, on February 12, 2010 at Aperture Gallery.

Thomas Ruff is among the most important international photographers to emerge in the last fifteen years, and one of the most enigmatic and prolific of Bernd and Hilla Becher’s former students, a group that includes Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, Candida Höfer, and Axel Hutte.

In 2009, Aperture released the first monograph dedicated exclusively to the publication of Ruff’s remarkable series: JPEGS. In 2007, Ruff completed his monumental Jpegs series in which he explores the distribution and reception of images in the digital age. Starting with images he culls primarily from the Web, Ruff enlarges them to a gigantic scale, which exaggerates the pixel patterns until they become sublime geometric displays of color. Many of Ruff’s works in the series focus on idyllic, seemingly untouched landscapes, and conversely, scenes of war, and nature disturbed by human manipulation.

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