Gerald Domenig, Awaragaude?, installation view, Secession 2016, Photo: Sophie Thun
Gerald Domenig, Awaragaude?, installation view (detail), Secession 2016, Photo: Sophie Thun

Gerald Domenig


April 22 – June 19, 2016

Photography, drawing, and writing (texts) are the preferred genres of the Austrian artist Gerald Domenig, who lives in Frankfurt am Main. He has worked in these media since the 1970s, building a sizable oeuvre distinguished by formal consistency and thematic openness. In Domenig’s work, drawing and photography figure as two registers that serve diametrically opposed purposes with regard to a construction of reality. His drawings are intended as drafts or preliminary sketches for photographs: his work with the pencil may be conceived as a tentative exploration of the world. By contrast, the photographs—most of them are black-and-white—are not just snapshots capturing moments; aiming at more than a rendition of reality, they are always self-contained images of a situation, a place. Domenig, who uses an analog camera, develops the films by hand, and makes his own prints, sees photography as a technique of visual construction, of the transformation of space into surface and the resolution of what was before the camera’s lens into a pictorial creation. “When I make photographs, I want to translate an image hidden in the three-dimensional world, a latent flatness, into a concrete picture,” Domenig says.


Gerald Domenig, born in Villach (Austria) in 1953, lives and works in Frankfurt am Main.