MATTHEW MARKS / CURRENT EXHIBITION Thomas Demand _ New Photographs | January 24 – April 4, 2015

Thomas Demand | Solo Show

Thomas Demand Landcape 2013Matthew Marks is pleased to announce an exhibition of new photographs by Thomas Demand in his galleries at 1062 North Orange Grove and 7818 Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Demand is best known for his photographs of full-scale paper and cardboard reconstructions based on images taken from the news media or from sights that capture his attention.

Thomas Demand Filiale 2012For this exhibition he has produced several large-scale photographs, all shown here for the first time.

Thomas Demand Installation at Matthew Marks gallery Los AngelesBackyard depicts the home of Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev as it appeared in a news photo. Demand has left out Tsarnaev’s wife, choosing to depict only the small litter-strewn yard and the concrete walkway leading to her vinyl-sided house. In the background, a cherry tree in full bloom interrupts the otherwise mundane setting.

Thomas Demand Backyard 2014In the related Bloom, a thirteen-foot-long photograph of cherry blossoms, Demand focuses on the background of the previous image, further complicating the relationship between the depicted image and its source.

Bloom, 2014 200 x 398Inspired by recent news events, Patio shows the nondescript balcony of fugitive Whitey Bulger’s hideout in Santa Monica, furnished with a few potted plants and a white plastic chair.

Thomas Demand Patio 2014Another work, Sidegate, depicts an entrance to the Cerritos, California, home of the incendiary filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. Instead of working from found images, Demand based both of these photographs entirely on his own site-based research.

Thomas Demand Sidegate 2014For another work, Atelier, Demand has reconstructed a portion of Henri Matisse’s studio at the Hotel Régina in Nice, where the late artist made his famous cut-outs. The artist himself is absent, although the scraps of colored paper strewn on the floor indicate his recent activity.

Thoma Demand Atelier 2014Also included in this exhibition is a new series of photographs of architectural models at the firm SANAA. These works expand on Demand’s Model Studies series, begun in 2011, which presents details of architect John Lautner’s models.

Thomas Demand Publishing House 64 2015Unlike the meticulous paper constructions Demand creates in his own studio, the SANAA photographs reveal the architects’ crumpled paper and tape creations, further abstracted by the tight angle of Demand’s camera.

via Exhibition – Thomas Demand – Matthew Marks Gallery.

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