The renowned photographer Thomas Kellner from Siegen brings the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie to its fifth birthday in his special way to dance. Using an analog SLR camera and 35mm film, he creates a fragmented perspective of Hamburg's new landmark with mounted contact sheets. This peculiarity of Thomas Kellner's artistic practice is inspired by Robert Delaunay's cubism. The photographer has often devoted himself in this way to well-known landmarks and modern architecture. In the case of the Elbe Philharmonic Hall, motif and technique rarely fit together as well as they never have.
Thomas Kellner is known for his pictures of seemingly dancing architecture of worldwide sights. Dr. Irina Chmyreva described his work as a unique "visual analytical synthesis". It involves shooting not just one image, but many in a row on film to bring them together into arcs of contact. Kellner's creative process involves construction, but the finished work is more like deconstruction.
In October 2021, the artist was commissioned to create the official "Birthday Portrait" of the Elbphilharmonie. The series appeared under the title "Das Bewegte Haus" in Elbphilharmonie Magazin 1 |2022. The architecture of the building, the distribution of windows across the entire facade, has parallels to Kellner's mounted contact arches. Inside, too, Kellner makes the unusual architecture dance. Not only the Great and Small Halls, but also the stairs and foyer seem to move to a rhythm in the photographic compositions. Thus, the exhibition "Dance of Resonance" is a tour around and through the Elbphilharmonie, in which both the architecture and the vibrating melodies inside are visualized, proving that Thomas Kellner is a master at dancing with his camera.
Thomas Kellner, born in Bonn in 1966, studied art, sociology, politics and economics at the University of Siegen. In 1996, he received the Kodak Young Talent Award, which encouraged him to pursue a life as an artist. Since then, Kellner has lived in Siegen as an artist and curator of photographic exhibition projects. In 2003 he was elected to the German Society for Photography (DGPh). Since 2002, Thomas Kellner has shown his work in solo exhibitions in Germany, Australia, Russia, China, France, Poland, Denmark, Brazil and the USA and has participated in numerous group exhibitions and publications. His works are represented in important private and public collections.
VisuleX - Gallery for Photography has been specializing in exclusive contemporary photographic art by international artists since 2015, with a focus on landscape and architectural photography. Alternating exhibitions of well-known photographers and talented newcomers, whose works form an insightful dialogue on socially relevant topics, take place regularly. The gallery is participating in the Hamburg Triennial of Photography this year, as it did in 2015 and 2018. Regular appearances at fairs such as Art Karlsruhe, guided tours for school classes, readings and other thematic special events are part of the program.
“Still recognizable in their entirety, the monuments develop their own bubbly existence. Sometimes, they dance in a jagged tango step, a peppy twist or a shimmering flight of floating particles similar to the London Eye.”
Kruppa, H.-J., Das besondere Portfolio. Fraktale Monumente. In: Foto Magazin, No. 5, May 2005, 124-129
Thomas Kellner - Dance of resonance
Vernissage: April 2, 2022, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. (the artist will be present)
April 6 – May 6, 2022
VisuleX Gallery for Photography
20249, Hamburg- Eppendorf.
Wed. to Fri. 3 to 6 p.m. and Sat. 1 to 6 p.m. each day
Thank you, to the whole team of VisuleX - Gallery for Photography, and particularly Vivian Laux-Eggert for showing my photographic composition inside your gallery