SITUATION #31: Oskar Schmidt, Liquid, 2015
6 February – 3 April 2016
“Portrait (No. 2)”, C-prints, 2015 © Oskar Schmidt. Courtesy Parrotta Contemporary Art, Stuttgart
Large quantities of pre-made, finely polished studio portraits and high-gloss product shots are available on the Internet for (free) use through digital image databases and stock photography agencies. These types of authorless photographs are mainly used by editors and agencies as starting material for other imaging processes and are tailored to meet different needs. Oskar Schmidt’s photo objects are created as a clear reference to this photographed or animated imagery. The artist makes use of the rhetoric and aesthetics of everyday photography, transforming them into a clear artistic statement. By copying the variables of production and distribution almost down to the end product and only then investing it with a complex aura, a space for interpretation opens up to viewers that hold more than one “photographic” truth.