Gerhard Richter, Jugendbildnis, photograph by Joachim Schulz from the series “aura”.
A couple of years ago I noticed a series of photographs named “Aura” by photographer Joachim Schulz. I have off and on remembered these pictures, but couldn’t remember who had made them. I came across them again through the site GALERIE POLLER . What appealed to me about the pictures then and now is noticing the trace left behind – and about the possibility of art to transform place … to create a certain collective recollection of events…
Jugendbildnis (Youth Portrait)
Gerhard Richter, 1988
67 cm X 62 cm, Oil on canvas
Who is this that the painting depicts ?
“She is a student from the 60s or 70s, a soulful look in her eyes, her hair over her forehead; the painting plays up the innocence of the pose. This is Ulrike Meinhof.” source
The painting of this youth looking innocent enough – harmless, sentimental, benign even – but then again -looks can be deceiving as Richter perhaps points out with his series October 18, 1977. Ideology and the accompanying “isms” often get in the way of really seeing…
I went back and looked at the other pictures of missing pictures of the series “Aura” wondering if another thread might help me to appreciate the series – perhaps something about why these particular photographic situations – post hanging – might be of worth to photograph. It’s not immediately apparent to me other than perhaps the pictures are all relatively well known – or by well known artists…. While I like the conceptual idea alluded to in the text describing the series, it leaves me wishing that the photographer Joachim Schulz, might have embedded more into the work – by choosing certain specific absent art pieces to tell a story. Either way, along similar lines checkout more of Jachim Schulz work here – the curtains are very nice…
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