We are thrilled to announce that ATLAS will hold a solo show of Andreas Gefeller’s work this spring. We will be showing his latest series, The Backside of Light.
As in Andreas Gefeller’s earlier series Blank, certain parts of the images in his recent series The Backside of Light are almost eliminated by an exceeding incidence of light. Overexposure and time exposure unifies contours that become become blurred by brightness, so that the overall impression becomes unclear and lacks coherence. Gefeller presents the viewer with intensely detailed compositions, which disrupts a consistency in the superficial manner of seeing in which we are well-versed. He experiments with how we decipher these complex scenes at a later point in the course of neuronal perception processes. The contrasting features of light and dark, positive and negative, shape and surface, image and paper must be evaluated again and again, in order for recognition to finally set in.
In scenes such as a Chilean Araukarie or a birch forest, Gefeller drowns the image in a blinding light that sometimes appears unfinished or fragmentary, but visualises the veil of consciousness. These disturbances similarly refer to the “noise of the medium” and to limited perception. Gefeller questions both photography and seeing itself – in the broader sense of an understanding.