“Time” in photography: This is also the coordinate system of shutter speed, camera movement, movement of the object and incidence of light. In “Ringbilder” this interface of time and movement is captured. Playful duel-forms emerge out of an interplay between movement and time: Wrestling of nonrepresentational aesthetics and figurative symbolism, between reality and abstraction of emotional and cognitive response – depending on the viewing distance.

“Wrestling” has an intuitive intelligibility. In human life it is omnipresent both literally and figuratively within the meaning of  ‘to measure forces’, ‘to fight’, ‘to struggle’… but also ‘to endeavor’, ‘to stand up for something’ – in short: of movement and behaviors that are deeply rooted in human nature. From a distance, an additional vanishing line into the past becomes visible. Just as one can consider wrestling as a link to the ancient Olympic Games, the circular black and white long exposures are inspired by Greek and Kylix- plate paintings, which mostly include pictures of sports, fights or myths. A reference to the long tradition and history of wrestling and a search for a synergy between sport and art.

(Installation View)

  • Elias Wessel Alt Ringbilder I-VI, 2014 - 2015 B/W Photograph Edition 10 + 2 A.P. 76.3 x 76.3 cm (gerahmt) / 30 x 30 in. (framed)
  • Elias Wessel Alt Ringbilder I-VI, 2014 - 2015 B/W Photograph Edition 10 + 2 A.P. 76.3 x 76.3 cm (gerahmt) / 30 x 30 in. (framed)