Originally trained as a sculptor, Thomas Demand approaches
photography as a means of preserving ephemeral paper constructions
but inevitably the camera becomes central to his creative process.
At first glance, Demand''s works seem to present fragments of a
hyperreal and familiar place but, before long, they reveal their
true identity: a wholly artificial world reduced to generic forms.
Large immaculate photographs of interiors and architectural
exteriors -- a world peopled with inanimate objects and bathed in
uniform lighting -- are mounted on Plexiglas, which underscores the
materiality of the photographic object. For each of his
reproductions, Demand constructs life-size models using paper and
cardboard, and these forms always allow signs of their true nature
to show through.