blue jacket, grey jeans
edition of 3
56 × 66 cm (framed)
Inv. No. 0094
The photos, which appear at first glance to be snapshots, are in fact precisely considered and composed pictures in which the strong presence of the central motive stands out.
The subject (of both photos) are the most common and, at the same time, most extensively disseminated articles of clothing in the world; these are what Tillmans build up into icons. Everyone can find their way in these works, access is familiar and on the other hand, the specialisation that Tillmans presents is experienced as completely normal. You can almost smell the sex still rising from the trousers; it sprays Tillmans’ work with the whole haze of
This was already established as the content of what he did right at the beginning of his photographic career when he was making reports recording youth culture for scene magazines. Now he is a subtle observer of things that no one else notices. In the process, he always operates with the unexpected. Coincidence becomes a calculable fact to be taken into consideration. This is true both at the time the shot is made, as well as during the development of the photo – it even extends to hanging a show. With all of this, his concern is with reversing habits of seeing.
Georg Kargl, 2005 (translation: Tim Sharp)Continue reading
Wallpaper #5, evn sammlung, Maria Enzersdorf, 2022
Reflecting Fashion. Kunst und Mode seit der Moderne, MUMOK, Vienna, 2012
Nach Rokytník. The collection of EVN, MUMOK, Vienna, 2005
Reflecting Fashion. Kunst und Mode seit der Moderne [Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, 15 June – 23 September 2012], Vienna 2012
Wolfgang Tillmans - Burg, ed. and designed by Wolfgang Tillmans, with an essay by David Deitcher, Cologne 1998, p. 91
Wolfgang Tillmans. Wer Liebe wagt lebt morgen [published on the occasion of the exhibition “Wolfgang Tillmans - Wer Liebe Wagt Lebt Morgen”, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, September 7th – November 17th 1996], 1996, p. 121