Thomas Ruff’s beautiful and often detached artworks pull back the curtain on the deceptions and limitations of photography—but also reveal its astonishing possibilities too. His search for new directions in photographic expression is enormous, spanning digital internet jpegs, NASA space images, even old photographs.
Born in Zell am Hammersbach in Germany, Thomas Ruff lives and works in Dusseldorf, sharing the same studio complex as… Read more
About the artwork
In Jpegs II, Thomas Ruff digitally manipulates online images using JPEG file compression software and enlarges them to create a pixelated effect. Central to the series is the fluctuating visual effect depending on a viewer's proximity to the works. The imagery in the series ranges from scenes of conflict and disaster, to idyllic landscapes. These 7 images in particular focus on traditional landscapes and ruins, and expose the negative inherently unpredictable impact of mankind on the environment, a leitmotif throughout the series.