Thomas Bak:Thomas Bak Vita→ Vita
The Photographic Capriccio
Sheets from 1998 to 2008

September 5 to November 7, 2008

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TST00 10, 2006
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 20 x 24 cm

From September 5 to November 7, 2008, Gallery Hilaneh von Kories is going to show works by photographer Thomas Bak. His seemingly nostalgic images are greatly irritating. His figures, objects, landscapes and rooms confront viewers with a manneristic style and eccentric, erotic and often disturbing imagery. At first, you get the impression that you are looking at old Daguerrotypes. But you soon realize that you are drawn into a surreal cosmos constructed with a playful take on the history of visual art.

The title of the exhibit refers to an art form called Capriccio, which was developed between the 16th and 18th century as a battle for artistic freedom. Capriccio painters and graphic designers defied the academic norms of their time. They depicted their day dreams and nightmares of the abyss and went far beyond what was then considered to be realistic. Today Capricccio is regarded as one of the foundations of modern art.

Many artists utilized their newly found sense of freedom to include political messages and to touch upon socially critical subjects. Bak named one of his series »Arche=Nada« and renders a bizarre interpretation of the biblical theme of the Arche Noah, totally devoid of any comforting aspects. Bak also works as a writer, musician and illustrator. For his photographs, he sketches his scenes first, and then turns them into elaborate productions characterized by precise choreography.

Original artwork is projected onto new images, a process the artist calls »reanimation of atavistic and seemingly lost pictures«. The results are multi-layered metaphors enriched by symbols and citations from the history of art and literature: His photographs add up to fascinating puzzles. Part of the exhibit is a text Bak wrote in an artificial, ancient sounding language. It is produced as a portfolio.

Thomas Bak: TST00 41, 2004-2007
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30 x 25 cm
TST00 41
TST00 41
Thomas Bak: A=N00 04, 2004
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30,7 x 20,3 cm
A=N00 04
A=N00 04
Thomas Bak: COS00 12, 1999
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 25,4 x 19 cm
COS00 12
COS00 12
Thomas Bak: TST00 01, 2004-2007
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30 x 20 cm
TST00 01
TST00 01
Thomas Bak: TST00 02, 2004-2007
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 24 x 20 cm
TST00 02
TST00 02

Thomas Bak was born in Szczecin, Poland. He attended Bremen University for the Arts of Book and Graphic Design and Photography, and received his degree from Professor Fritz Haase. In 2004 Bak won Germany’s most important awards for up-and-coming photographers, the BFF and Reinhard-Wolff-Preis. His works have been exhibited in countries around the globe.

Thomas Bak: A=N00 01, 2004
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30,7 x 20,3 cm
A=N00 01
A=N00 01
Thomas Bak: TST00 03, 2004-2007
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 24 x 20 cm
TST00 03
TST00 03
Thomas Bak: A=N00 14, 2004
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30,7 x 20,3 cm
A=N00 14
A=N00 14
Thomas Bak: TST00 24, 2004-2007
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30 x 25 cm
TST00 24
TST00 24
Thomas Bak: ATA00 01, 1997
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 37,8 x 26,8 cm
ATA00 01
ATA00 01

More photos from this exhibition

Thomas Bak: TST00 23, 2006
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30 x 25 cm
Open image gallery
Thomas Bak: TSTS00 03, 2006
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 21,4 x 17,6 cm
Thomas Bak: TSTS00 05, 2006
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 21,5 x 18 cm
Thomas Bak: TSTS00 04, 2006
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 21,4 x 17,8 cm
Thomas Bak: TSTS00 06, 2006
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 21,4 x 17,9 cm
Thomas Bak: TST00 04, 2006
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 24 x 20 cm
Thomas Bak: TST00 05, 2006
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 24 x 20 cm
Thomas Bak: TST00 40, 2006
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30 x 25 cm
Thomas Bak: TST00 26, 2006
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30 x 25 cm
Thomas Bak: TST00 42, 2006
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30 x 25 cm
Thomas Bak: TST00 30, 2006
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 24 x 20 cm
Thomas Bak: TST00 12, 2006
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 24 x 20 cm
Thomas Bak: B00 12, 2008
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30 x 25 cm
Thomas Bak: COS00 03, 2002
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 28,8 x 28,7 cm
Thomas Bak: B00 10, 2008
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 26,5 x 22,5 cm
Thomas Bak: B00 05, 2008
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 26,5 x 22,5 cm
Thomas Bak: COS00 04, 2002
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 29,6 x 29,6 cm
Thomas Bak: VRA00 26, 1998
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 34,7 x 27,3 cm
Thomas Bak: VRA00 05, 2002
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 25,7 x 20,3 cm
Thomas Bak: COS00 02, 2002
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 28,7 x 20,3 cm
Thomas Bak: GRA00 01, 2008
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30 x 25 cm
Thomas Bak: 30 x 25 cm, 2008
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30 x 25 cm
Thomas Bak: COS00 47, 2000
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 28 x 35 cm
Thomas Bak: B00 09, 2008
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30 x 25 cm
Thomas Bak: B00 11, 2008
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30 x 25 cm
Thomas Bak: B00 02, 2008
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30 x 25 cm
Thomas Bak: B00 03, 2008
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30 x 25 cm
Thomas Bak: B00 28, 2008
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30 x 25 cm
Thomas Bak: AE00 05, 2008
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30 x 25 cm
Thomas Bak: A=N00 03, 2004
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30,7 x 20,3 cm
Thomas Bak: A=N00 06, 2004
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30,7 x 20,3 cm
Thomas Bak: A=N00 23, 2004
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30,7 x 20,3 cm
Thomas Bak: A=N00 09, 2004
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30,7 x 20,3 cm
Thomas Bak: A=N00 02, 2004
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30,7 x 20,3 cm
Thomas Bak: A=N00 17, 2004
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30,7 x 20,3 cm
Thomas Bak: A=N00 39, 2004
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30,7 x 20,3 cm
Thomas Bak: A=N00 37, 2004
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30,7 x 20,3 cm
Thomas Bak: A=N00 34, 2004
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30,4 x 20,3 cm
Thomas Bak: A=N00 32, 2004
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30,7 x 20,3 cm
Thomas Bak: A=N000 13, 2004
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30,7 x 20,3 cm
Thomas Bak: A=N00 48, 2004
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30,7 x 20,3 cm
Thomas Bak: A=N00 21, 2004
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30,7 x 20,3 cm
Thomas Bak: A=N00 28, 2004
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30,7 x 20,3 cm
Thomas Bak: A=N00 24, 2004
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30,7 x 20,3 cm
Thomas Bak: A=N00 16, 2004
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30,7 x 20,3 cm
Thomas Bak: A=N00 22, 2004
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30,7 x 20,3 cm
Thomas Bak: AE00 02, 2008
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30 x 25 cm
Thomas Bak: AE00 30, 2008
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30 x 25 cm
Thomas Bak: B00 18, 2008
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30 x 25 cm
Thomas Bak: A00 22, 2008
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30 x 25 cm
Thomas Bak: B00 23, 2008
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30 x 25 cm
Thomas Bak: B00 06, 2008
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30 x 25 cm
Thomas Bak: TST00 33, 2006
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30 x 25 cm
Thomas Bak: TST00 39, 2006
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30 x 25 cm
Thomas Bak: TST00 35, 2006
Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryte, ca. 30 x 25 cm

More infos about this artist

Thomas Bak: Vitaopen vita

Thomas Bak:
The Photographic Capriccio
Sheets from 1998 to 2008

September 5 to November 7, 2008
Vernissage: September 5, 2008, 19:00h | Laudatio: Prof. Fritz Haase
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday 14:00–19:00h and by appointment

Galerie Hilaneh von Kories
Stresemannstraße 384a (in the courtyard)
22761 Hamburg
Tel: +49 (40) 423 20 10
mail@galeriehilanehvonkories.de
www.galeriehilanehvonkories.de

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