Model Studies

Thomas Demand
January 28 – April 15, 2012

From left to right: 

 

Kirk Wood #15, 2011 

Kirk Wood #99, 2011 

Haagen Beach #34, 2011

Haagen Beach #44, 2011 

All works: pigment prints 

 

The Model Studies are the result of a residency at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles where Thomas Demand discovered the archive of the celebrated architect John Lautner (1911–94). This is the first time that Demand has photographed models that are not his own. The lines, planes, textures and colors he composes from the models recall Modern painting and sculpture, including Picasso’s reliefs, as well as mid-20th century abstract painting.

 

Photo © the artist, Nottingham Contemporary

From left to right:

 

Haagen Beach #34, 2011

Haagen Beach #44, 2011 

Turner #31, 2011

All works: pigment prints 

 

In the next room through the door:

 

Marina Fine Arts #23, 2011

Marina Fine Arts #31, 2011

Marina Fine Arts #37, 2011

Marina Fine Arts #91, 2011

All works: pigment prints

 

The Model Studies are the result of a residency at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles where Thomas Demand discovered the archive of the celebrated architect John Lautner (1911–94). This is the first time that Demand has photographed models that are not his own. The lines, planes, textures and colors he composes from the models recall Modern painting and sculpture, including Picasso’s reliefs, as well as mid-20th century abstract painting.

 

Photo © the artist, Nottingham Contemporary

From left to right:

 

Kirk Wood #15, 2011 

Kirk Wood #99, 2011 

Haagen Beach #34, 2011 

Haagen Beach #44, 2011 

All works: pigment prints 

 

The Model Studies are the result of a residency at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles where Thomas Demand discovered the archive of the celebrated architect John Lautner (1911–94). This is the first time that Demand has photographed models that are not his own. The lines, planes, textures and colors he composes from the models recall Modern painting and sculpture, including Picasso’s reliefs, as well as mid-20th century abstract painting.

 

Photo © the artist, Nottingham Contemporary

From left to right:

 

Marina Fine Arts #23, 2011

Marina Fine Arts #31, 2011

Marina Fine Arts #37, 2011

Marina Fine Arts #91, 2011

All works: pigment prints

 

The Model Studies are the result of a residency at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles where Thomas Demand discovered the archive of the celebrated architect John Lautner (1911–94). This is the first time that Demand has photographed models that are not his own. The lines, planes, textures and colors he composes from the models recall Modern painting and sculpture, including Picasso’s reliefs, as well as mid-20th century abstract painting.

 

Photo © the artist, Nottingham Contemporary

From left to right:

 

Townsend #31, 2011

Townsend #32, 2011

Townsend #25, 2011

All works: pigment prints

 

The Model Studies are the result of a residency at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles where Thomas Demand discovered the archive of the celebrated architect John Lautner (1911–94). This is the first time that Demand has photographed models that are not his own. The lines, planes, textures and colors he composes from the models recall Modern painting and sculpture, including Picasso’s reliefs, as well as mid-20th century abstract painting.

 

Photo © the artist, Nottingham Contemporary

From left to right:

 

Segel #49, 2011 

Segel #76, 2011 
Segel #25, 2011 
All works: pigment prints

 

The Model Studies are the result of a residency at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles where Thomas Demand discovered the archive of the celebrated architect John Lautner (1911–94). This is the first time that Demand has photographed models that are not his own. The lines, planes, textures and colors he composes from the models recall Modern painting and sculpture, including Picasso’s reliefs, as well as mid-20th century abstract painting.

 

Photo © the artist, Nottingham Contemporary

From left to right:

 

Goldstein #13, 2011

Goldstein #08, 2011

Goldstein #90, 2011

Goldstein #98, 2011

All works: pigment prints

 

The Model Studies are the result of a residency at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles where Thomas Demand discovered the archive of the celebrated architect John Lautner (1911–94). This is the first time that Demand has photographed models that are not his own. The lines, planes, textures and colors he composes from the models recall Modern painting and sculpture, including Picasso’s reliefs, as well as mid-20th century abstract painting.

 

Photo © the artist, Nottingham Contemporary

From left to right:

 

Franklyn #05, 2011 

Franklyn #53, 2011 
Franklyn #61, 2011 

All works: pigment prints

 

The Model Studies are the result of a residency at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles where Thomas Demand discovered the archive of the celebrated architect John Lautner (1911–94). This is the first time that Demand has photographed models that are not his own. The lines, planes, textures and colors he composes from the models recall Modern painting and sculpture, including Picasso’s reliefs, as well as mid-20th century abstract painting.

 

Photo © the artist, Nottingham Contemporary

From left to right:

 

Goldstein #13, 2011

Goldstein #08, 2011

Goldstein #90, 2011

Goldstein #98, 2011

Segel #49, 2011 

Segel #76, 2011 
Segel #25, 2011 

All works: pigment prints

 

The Model Studies are the result of a residency at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles where Thomas Demand discovered the archive of the celebrated architect John Lautner (1911–94). This is the first time that Demand has photographed models that are not his own. The lines, planes, textures and colors he composes from the models recall Modern painting and sculpture, including Picasso’s reliefs, as well as mid-20th century abstract painting.

 

Photo © the artist, Nottingham Contemporary

From left to right:

 

Townsend #31, 2011

Townsend #32, 2011

Townsend #25, 2011

Marina Fine Arts #23, 2011

Marina Fine Arts #31, 2011

Marina Fine Arts #37, 2011

Marina Fine Arts #91, 2011

All works: pigment prints

 

The Model Studies are the result of a residency at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles where Thomas Demand discovered the archive of the celebrated architect John Lautner (1911–94). This is the first time that Demand has photographed models that are not his own. The lines, planes, textures and colors he composes from the models recall Modern painting and sculpture, including Picasso’s reliefs, as well as mid-20th century abstract painting.

 

Photo © the artist, Nottingham Contemporary

From left to right:

 

Beyer #34, 2011

Beyer #15, 2011

Kirk Wood #15, 2011 

Kirk Wood #99, 2011 

All works: pigment prints

 

The Model Studies are the result of a residency at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles where Thomas Demand discovered the archive of the celebrated architect John Lautner (1911–94). This is the first time that Demand has photographed models that are not his own. The lines, planes, textures and colors he composes from the models recall Modern painting and sculpture, including Picasso’s reliefs, as well as mid-20th century abstract painting.

 

Photo © the artist, Nottingham Contemporary

From left to right:

 

Concannon #58, 2011

Franklyn #05, 2011 

Franklyn #53, 2011 
Franklyn #61, 2011 

All works: pigment prints

 

The Model Studies are the result of a residency at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles where Thomas Demand discovered the archive of the celebrated architect John Lautner (1911–94). This is the first time that Demand has photographed models that are not his own. The lines, planes, textures and colors he composes from the models recall Modern painting and sculpture, including Picasso’s reliefs, as well as mid-20th century abstract painting.

 

Photo © the artist, Nottingham Contemporary

From left to right:

 

Segel #49, 2011 

Segel #76, 2011 
Segel #25, 2011 

Townsend #31, 2011

Townsend #32, 2011

Townsend #25, 2011 

All works: pigment prints

 

The Model Studies are the result of a residency at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles where Thomas Demand discovered the archive of the celebrated architect John Lautner (1911–94). This is the first time that Demand has photographed models that are not his own. The lines, planes, textures and colors he composes from the models recall Modern painting and sculpture, including Picasso’s reliefs, as well as mid-20th century abstract painting.

 

Photo © the artist, Nottingham Contemporary

Haagen Beach #34, 2011 (left)

Haagen Beach #44, 2011 (right)

Both works: pigment prints 

 

The Model Studies are the result of a residency at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles where Thomas Demand discovered the archive of the celebrated architect John Lautner (1911–94). This is the first time that Demand has photographed models that are not his own. The lines, planes, textures and colors he composes from the models recall Modern painting and sculpture, including Picasso’s reliefs, as well as mid-20th century abstract painting.

 

Photo © the artist, Nottingham Contemporary

From left to right:

 

Wood #89, 2011

Wood #12, 2011

Wood #15, 2011
All works: pigment prints

 

The Model Studies are the result of a residency at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles where Thomas Demand discovered the archive of the celebrated architect John Lautner (1911–94). This is the first time that Demand has photographed models that are not his own. The lines, planes, textures and colors he composes from the models recall Modern painting and sculpture, including Picasso’s reliefs, as well as mid-20th century abstract painting.

 

Photo © the artist, Nottingham Contemporary

Hope #09, 2011 (left)

Hope #98, 2011 (right)
Both works: pigment prints

 

The Model Studies are the result of a residency at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles where Thomas Demand discovered the archive of the celebrated architect John Lautner (1911–94). This is the first time that Demand has photographed models that are not his own. The lines, planes, textures and colors he composes from the models recall Modern painting and sculpture, including Picasso’s reliefs, as well as mid-20th century abstract painting.

 

Photo © the artist, Nottingham Contemporary

Beyer #34, 2011 (left)

Beyer #15, 2011 (right)
Both works: pigment prints

 

The Model Studies are the result of a residency at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles where Thomas Demand discovered the archive of the celebrated architect John Lautner (1911–94). This is the first time that Demand has photographed models that are not his own. The lines, planes, textures and colors he composes from the models recall Modern painting and sculpture, including Picasso’s reliefs, as well as mid-20th century abstract painting.

 

Photo © the artist, Nottingham Contemporary

From left to right:

 

Kirk Wood #15, 2011 

Kirk Wood #99, 2011 

Haagen Beach #34, 2011

Haagen Beach #44, 2011 

All works: pigment prints 

 

The Model Studies are the result of a residency at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles where Thomas Demand discovered the archive of the celebrated architect John Lautner (1911–94). This is the first time that Demand has photographed models that are not his own. The lines, planes, textures and colors he composes from the models recall Modern painting and sculpture, including Picasso’s reliefs, as well as mid-20th century abstract painting.

 

Photo © the artist, Nottingham Contemporary

From left to right:

 

Hope #09, 2011

Hope #98, 2011 

Wood #13, 2011

Wood #89, 2011

Wood #12, 2011

Wood #15, 2011
All works: pigment prints

 

The Model Studies are the result of a residency at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles where Thomas Demand discovered the archive of the celebrated architect John Lautner (1911–94). This is the first time that Demand has photographed models that are not his own. The lines, planes, textures and colors he composes from the models recall Modern painting and sculpture, including Picasso’s reliefs, as well as mid-20th century abstract painting.

 

Photo © the artist, Nottingham Contemporary

Model Studies

Thomas Demand
Nottingham Contemporary
January 28 – April 15, 2012
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Thomas Demand is best known for his large scale photographs that question the medium as a faithful record of reality. His exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary is a result of a residency at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles where he discovered the archive of the celebrated architect John Lautner (1911–94). Lautner’s glamorous and curvaceous homes have featured in many films, including the 1971 Bond film Diamonds Are Forever.

 

Demand himself has a keen interest in architecture. “Architecture has always been in the centre of my attention, because it deals with utopias and ideas of a somehow better future,” he has said. His own art involves making painstaking paper models of architectural interiors and other built environments and then photographing them. Despite the absence of people and his often deceptively ordinary scenes, they are loaded with significance. He has made models of the Oval Office of the US President, the tunnel in Paris where Princess Diana had her fatal accident and a Florida counting station where a contested vote in 2000 elected George W. Bush instead of Al Gore.

 

Demand’s exhibition is based on 12 architectural models he discovered in the Lautner archive. Demand’s own models are destroyed immediately after he has photographed them. “They have one peak of perfectness, of immaculate beauty, sometimes just for a day or two. If you don’t catch the shot on that day, it’s gone,” he has said. In contrast Lautner’s models are old, bruised and well-used, a humble counterpoint to his heroic, spectacular architecture.

 

This is the first time that Demand has photographed models that are not his own. Depicting them from many angles, he establishes an intimate relationship with them that is independent of the buildings they refer to. “I tried to avoid making images of architecture,” Demand writes. “It’s the sculptural presence, and the traces of someone’s practice, of understanding and remodelling, which raised my attention.” Demand’s beautiful photographs also recall the history of 20th century art. The lines, planes, textures and colours he composes from the models recall Modern painting and sculpture, including Picasso’s reliefs, as well as mid-20th century abstract painting.

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