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BECK & EGGELING, DÜSSELDORF

Thomas Wrede . Weiß war der Schnee
02. September – 29. Oktober 2022

Am 5. Oktober um 19 Uhr findet eine Lesung der Film- und Theaterschauspielerin Verena Buss mit Texten und Märchen über Gletscher und Eis statt. 

Bilker Str. 5 & 4–6
40213 Düsseldorf
+49 211 4915 890

>>> www.beck-eggeling.de

Di–Fr: 10–13 & 14–18.30 Uhr, Sa: 11–16Uhr

Seit 2017 interessieren mich in den Alpen besonders die Gletscher und Eishöhlen, die mit Vliesabdeckungen vor dem warmen Klima geschützt werden sollen, um diese touristischen Highlights für einige Jahre länger nutzen zu können. Ich habe mich explizit mit der Eishöhle am Rhonegletscher auseinandergesetzt, wo ich spannungsreiche Außen- und Innenaufnahmen  machen konnte. Im Inneren der Eishöhle positionierte ich mich unter die hauchdünnen und schmelzenden Eisschichten, die die dunklen Vlies-Abdeckungen durchschimmern und lassen. Im Außenbereich lassen die vom Wetter zerfetzten Tücher das jahrhundertealte Gletschereis sichtbar werden.

Die Motive werden ergänzt durch mehrteilige Panoramen und zahlreichen Detailaufnahmen, die an weiteren verhüllten Gletschern entstanden sind.

WHITE WAS THE SNOW

BECK & EGGELING will be showing the exhibition »Weiß war der Schnee« (White was the Snow) with photographs of Thomas Wrede's glacier project from 2nd September until 29th October 2022 at Bilker Straße 4-6 in Düsseldorf. The opening will take place as part of this year's »DC Open« gallery weekend.

The boundaries of staging and reality have always been in a tense relationship in Thomas Wrede's photography. Landscapes are his main subject: here he is concerned with constructions that he seeks out in nature or that he recreates, as in his series of Real Landscapes. The former began with one of his earliest series Samsö from the 1990s: mountains of plastic sheets on the Danish island of the same name, which develop an oppressive beauty in nature in atmospheric black-and-white photography.

With his latest series of glacier pictures, Thomas Wrede takes up this aspect and finds stagings in the Alpine mountains in which man has played a decisive role. The starting idea of his glacier photography is the wrapped landscape. To counteract the melting of the glaciers, the ice is covered over large areas - temporarily or permanently. These presented stagings are an interplay of the weathered fleece covers and the visible consequences of the rapid melting of the ice caused by climate change. The artist is not interested in documenting this process - the result of his artistic examination of the glaciers are disturbingly beautiful images. As in Wrede's earlier groups of works, the series of glacier pictures thus lies motivically between idyll and catastrophe.

The series began in 2017 with photographs taken on the Rhone Glacier in Switzerland. Here there are both exterior views 'outside' and interior shots 'inside' the glacier cave there. The weathered covers - dirty and blown away - reveal boulders and dirty snow. The morbid aesthetics of the drapery, the chosen detail and the myriad nuances of grey tones create very unique painterly motifs. Shots from inside the glacier cave create an exciting interplay in view of the sunlight shining through the ice and the centuries-old inclusions in the ice. The fleece covers shine through the increasingly thin ice and partly break into the cave - a worrying development in recent years.

Thomas Wrede has also captured the phenomenon of 'blood snow' - pinkish-red shimmering algae, formed in the thawing water of the snow - on the Presena Glacier in South Tyrol in its oppressive appearance in detailed photographs, creating compositions with structures that dissolve into the abstract.

 

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