Photography between Painting and Montage
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
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 depitction 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.
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...
Rappfrom the essay Christian de Lutz, Ekphrasis...
DE LUTZ: EKPHRASIS.
PHOTOGRAPHY BETWEEN PAINTING AND MONTAGE..
An Essay by Regine Rapp