Lehmann Maupin is pleased to announce the third one-person show of German artist Jörg Sasse. The photographic works in this exhibition have been chosen from the last decade of Sasse's work and fall under the thematic category of architecture. The images include interior and exterior spaces, public and private structures and rural and urban environments.
Jörg Sasse studied at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf with Bernd and Hilla Becher and graduated in 1988. Images from this period show an expert mastery of composition for which the Düsseldorf school is known. Details of interior spaces are arranged with Sasse's sensitivity to pattern, texture and shape. Several years later, Sasse incorporated digital manipulation technology into his photographic process. At this time, he began to collect negatives of snapshots from friends in addition to taking his own images. The negative became the first stage of Sasse's current process. Each negative is scanned into a computer, which allows Sasse to make skillful and subtle interventions.
Critic David Levi Strauss commented in Artforum October 1999, "that he uses digital imaging to effect the changes is almost beside the point, since the resultant works are manifestly about photography - \'practicing photography by other means,' as Richter has described his paintings from photographs - and not about computer manipulation." In this exhibition, one can see the continuity and evolution of formal concerns from the early photographs to the later works. The viewer is also witness to a decade long exploration of the fragile border between photography and painting.