Art and Text II:
Christian de Lutz - Ekphrasis

Opening: 28 September 8pm
Exhibition: 29.9.-28.10.2007, Fri 4 - 7 pm, Sat-Sun, 2-6pm

Christian de Lutz: o.T. (damagestuff), 1998/ 2006, archival inkjet print on canvas, 90 x 135 cm
Christian de Lutz: Globalfree, 1997/ 2005,
archival inkjet print on canvas, 100 x 95cm
Christian de Lutz: Weather 3, 2004/ 05,
archival inkjet print on canvas, 100 x 145 cm

Christian de Lutz - Ekphrasis

Photography between Painting and Montage

Christian de Lutz has worked as a photographer and visual artist since moving to Europe in 1994, after having worked in painting and video in New York during the late 1980s and early 1990s. During these years de Lutz has built up a considerable photo archive, which he has used as the basis to create his current images. The original analogue photographs have been processed through digital imaging software; some information has been taken away, while new information has been added. In the last seven years the artist has increasingly worked at the periphery of image and text. By means of a digital montage of photography and source code or algorithmic texts his pictures have generated a palimpsest-like layering of pictorial and literary signs.
As part of the exhibition series Art and Text, Art Laboratory Berlin is presenting a selection of de Lutz's most recent Source Code Images.

In ancient times the term ekphrasis (Gr., description) meant description in the broadest sense. In modern times it means a literary visualisation strategy in the form of the rhetorical description of an artwork. Ekphrasis can also mean the verbal representation of visual representation; thus a double intermediation of the real, as a depiction of the depicted. It is in this very sense of ekphrasis that Christian de Lutz operates on the manifold character of references within his Source code Images, in which the collaged text often refers ironically to the images. Already the manipulation of the original photograph into what resembles a painting marks the moment of depiction of the depicted.

The works of the Source Code series are based on a digital collage of text and image. The appropriated texts have been HTML or Java script, or in recent works excerpts from the source code of computer viruses. The commands and syntax of these computer languages, sometimes even single characters, are ripped out of their original context. In this correlation of image and text we often find subtle metaphors and indirect puns. In their resemblance to tableaux paintings these photographic images refer to the traditional medium of painting, which they then put into question...

by Regine Rappfrom the essay Christian de Lutz, Ekphrasis...

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