Andreas Gefeller - Photographs London Wednesday, November 2, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Europe

  • Literature

    M. Kikuta, ed., European Eyes on Japan | Japan Today, vol. 12, 2010, p. 11; Andreas Gefeller: The Japan Series, Ostfildern-Ruit: Hatje Cantz, 2011, p. 35

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Japan series (2010) is the latest series by Andreas Gefeller,
    following Supervisions (2002–09). It originated in the project
    ‘European Eyes on Japan’, for which European photographers are
    invited annually to work in this Far Eastern country.
    The series focus is on electricity poles. Gefeller photographs
    electricity posts in at least two single upward views from a
    perpendicular position. In the subsequent digital assemblage the
    pole disappears and innumerable cables and electricity transformers
    are converted into an autonomous and abstract composition that
    spreads in front of a monochrome background. The absence of
    points of reference and orientation opens up a new perspective on
    familiar situations. Thus, the poles transcend their original context
    in order to awaken associations of underground railway plans,
    autoroute intersections or night photographs of a city’s pulsating
    traffic arteries. Correspondences to drawing-related concepts such
    as calligraphy are not merely coincidental, but are supported by the
    artist’s choice of the printing technique and paper. Gefeller’s most
    recent photo works have become increasingly formal and structural,
    attesting to striking pictorial qualities. More than ever, he engages in
    the field of tension between nature and urbanity, reality and fiction
    as well as order and chaos.


Poles 07 from Japan

Inkjet print.
150 x 150 cm (59 x 59 in).
Signed, titled, dated and numbered in ink on the reverse of the flush-mount. One from an edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs.

£6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for £7,500


3 November 2011