wire drawings. utilitary photography


Ulrike Brückner

Year: 2021
Format: Publication; 48 pages, 28 × 20 cm, Swiss brochure


Jens Ruchatz


German, Englisch

Design: Ulrike Brückner
ISBN: 978-3-907112-30-4
Price: CHF 27.00

In wire drawings, Ulrike Brückner deals with ‘utilitary’ photography, which is used on platforms such as eBay. It was there that she first discovered the photogenic nature of cables, which are often offered for sale displayed in boxes, piled in heaps or lying on the floor in private spaces. The cable photographs evoke for her virtuoso drawings or paintings with an expressive style. She appropriates these photographs by experimenting with motif and pictorial space, replacing the original surroundings with black, partially processed backgrounds and composing new visual worlds in the process. The contextual shift alters the view of the motifs and causes the multifaceted beauty of the cable arrangements to emerge. This effect is further enhanced by the serial presentation in the publication. A further enlargement of the concept can be found in the eponymously titled edition. The artist has had one of the amateur pictures digitally reworked and presents a pile of cables as a large-format panel painting.
The publication is accompanied by the text Fotos auf dem Marktplatz. Persönliche Bildästhetiken auf eBay (Photos on the martketplace. Personal image aesthetics on eBay) by Jens Ruchatz.