Lewis Baltz Sites of Technology
On the occasion of Gallery Weekend 2018, Galerie Thomas Zander and Andreas Murkudis present the exhibition Lewis Baltz Sites of Technology.
Photographed between 1989 and 1991, the series Sites of Technology marks a paradigmatic turn within Lewis Baltz’ oeuvre. It was the first time the artist used color for an entire series. Most of the pictures were taken in Europe, where Baltz moved to in the mid-1980s. Sites of Technology documents the interior of companies dedicated to high technology research and production, such as Toshiba and France Télécom.
By demonstrating that it has become impossible to visually capture the processes necessary in high-tech production, Baltz makes the viewer become aware of the limits of photographic representation. The pictures also convey an unmistakable skepticism about this kind of industry. Photographs of surveillance cameras illustrate the mechanisms of control and power inherent in such places. By using material shot by these cameras, Baltz came to rely on new media, which would go on to determine his later works. The minimalist reduction of interiors and technoid sterility of the photographs, however, are familiar elements from Baltz’ earlier work.
The exhibition is kindly supported by Audi City Berlin and runs until June 2nd.
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