Organizer: gta Exhibitions
Date : Friday, 24. February 2012 to Thursday, 22. March 2012 Mo-Fr 8 a.m.-10 p.m., closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
Location : Architekturfoyer, HIL, Hönggerberg, ETH Zurich
Opening with lecture: 23. february 2012, 18.15, Auditorium E3, HIL
Since autumn 2010 the exhibition series “Architecture Photography Positions” has been examining photography as a key medium for communicating architecture. The presentations have focused on the specific approach adopted by photographers, with each juxtaposing the perspectives of two different practitioners. For the spring semester 2012, the fragmentary chaos of a global city as depicted by Martin Stollenwerk meets the precisely composed works of Jürg Zimmermann.
In his latest series, “New York Slingshots”, Zurich-born photographer Martin Stollenwerk reveals urban moments of a global city. The photographs capture fragments that our eye cannot perceive simultaneously. Elements of the metropolis that were never intended to be seen together clash unexpectedly to produce an impression of New York in all its vital energy, noise, bright colours, dirt, gaiety and chaos. The pictures document the density and energy of Manhattan. Shapes, signs, colours and – every now and again – people and animals force their
way into the constricted space of the rectangular composition, in which spatial depth seems to dissolve into two-dimensionality.
The photo series by Jürg Zimmermann cover four key thematic areas: context, space, material and transience. Zimmermann constructs images that explicitly dramatize buildings. Yet in the picture series presented here it is clear that the building is not the only actor in the composition. Turning his back on the purely urban that Martin Stollenwerk seeks to capture, Zimmermann produces work in which the natural and the transient, with their colours and forms, repeatedly shine through between the buildings. In contrast to the austere forms of built constructions, they establish a gentle but definite presence, thus reminding us of the fundamental basis without which no human action is possible.
An exhibition by the Institute gta with Martin Stollenwerk and Jürg Zimmermann in collaboration witz the Swiss Foundation of Photography, Winterthur, and Keystone, Zurich
With support of:
Erne AG Holzbau, Obfelden
pool architekten, Zürich