Thomas Ruff (born 1958 in Zell am Hammersbach, DE) is a German photographer, currently living and working in Dusseldorf. He studied under Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, and later taught there himself. In his early works, Ruff uses black-and-white photography to produce portraits series of his friends and fellow students, who pose for him with emotionless faces, sideways or in profile. In his later series, Ruff… Read more
About the artwork
The 3 prints in Cassini/Zycles are drawn from Thomas Ruff's series Zycles and Cassini. Although different series, they have been presented as one collection due to their chronological synchrony and the scientific nature that unites them. For Zycles, Ruff adapted representations of mathematical curves using 3D computer-modelling software. The result is a dynamic array of colorful, swirling ribbons in which he created "a form of virtual reality".The title is a combination of the words for the mathematical formula known as "cycloid" in English and "Zykloide" in German. Cassini is based on images of Saturn captured by NASA.