Lightjet print on kodak pro endura
Edition of 3
Dimensions: 180cm (H) x 120cm (W) x 0.5cm (D) / 70.9" (H) x 47.2" (W) x 0.2" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Photographs are illusions. In a popular text from 1980, the American essayist Susan Sontag compares the photographic image with the shadow play in the famous cave of the philosopher Plato. In spirit this would make the Greek thinker of the fifth century BC the first photographer in world history. Plato's parable of the prisoners in a dark cave, who only ever perceive the shadows of the apparitions through a split of light, has mutated from the classic of philosophical idealism to the basic motive of photographic theory.
Presumably, Martin Ogolter also had the image of those trapped in rock and ignorance in mind when he made his first foray into his series “Stardust” in 2016 - a series based in content on the numerous connections between light, time and reality, but at first glance, at the picture level, only delivers abstractions and riddles. By draping flowers frozen in a block of ice on a mirror, photographing the plants thawing in the sunlight, and finally photographing the final image from an iPad screen, the artist subtly points out the many transformations and information shifts in the long process between image and picture. It seems as if the photograph was somehow related to the eponymous stardust - with informational units that emanate from mostly tiny matter particles in interstellar space, and whose light often takes tens of thousands of years to move from sheer infinity to the tiny world of our perception.—Ralf Hanselle
Based in: Rio de Janeiro
Martin Ogolter was born in Austria, after graduating from high school he moved to New York City, where he graduated with a BFA from the School of Visual Arts. In New York he worked as an art director in publishing and music for companies such as Penguin Books and Atlantic Records. He had his first photograph published in 1994 and his work has been seen ever since in art galleries, on album covers, books and in magazines. Since 2003 Ogolter has been based in Rio de Janeiro where he held his first solo exhibition in 2011, his work has been shown in Sao Paulo, Curitiba, Berlin, Hamburg and his native Austria. He has also participates in art fairs, such as SP-ARTE and ART RIO. From 2015 to 2019 he was a professor of photography at the Escola de Artes Visuais (EAV) do Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro.
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