Saturday, 19 August, 10:15 - 11:15 AM (CEST)
Since the mid-1990s, Claus Stolz has been developing special photo-artistic processes.
For his heliographs, Stolz points his recording equipment, equipped with huge converging lenses, directly into the sun and damages film or photographic plates by extreme overexposure. The radiation energy causes the material to bubble, burst, melt or crystallise. The results depend on the type of film used, the shooting and processing parameters.
Stolz's group of works of light pictures shows old, photographically reproduced photographic plates, whose backside halo protection layer often has a special painterly appearance, which is not visible when processed properly. A material-historical search for traces.
In his most recent series of works, Kammerspiel, Stolz combines grown and produced materials in diverse settings, the ephemeral with the enduring, and condenses some motifs into tableaus of fluidly merging fragments through special cross-fades. These hybrids raise the question of the extent to which the terms "real" or "fake" still play a role today.
Claus Stolz (*1963) lives and works in Mannheim. Studied at the Freie Kunstakademie Mannheim (1988-92) with Gerd Lind, Wolfang Reindel and Rolf Schneider. Exhibitions in numerous museums and institutions, including the Grassi Museum Leipzig, Photo Edition Berlin and the Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg. Book publications include Sunburns (2009) and Kammerspiel (2022), both published by Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg. Since 2016 lecturer for photography and fundamentals of perception at the Freie Kunstakademie Mannheim.