Patrick Brandt   Two-Picture-Exhibition
Time of great change



Around 2,000 years ago, in a sandstone cave in the western US state of Utah,
a slab of rock appears to have detached from the cave wall leaving a flat
exposed surface, upon which over the succeeding centuries, artists drew.
The strange, life-size drawings of humans may have emerged during a time of
great change, suggests Professor of Anthropology at Utah State University,
Steven Simms: During that time, cereal farmers were migrating in great numbers
into the region from the south superseding the formerly predominant
hunter-gatherer society by one based on agriculture.
What significance these unearthly figures had for the declining hunter-gatherers
can only be speculated upon, says Simms. Perhaps the cave drawings are an
expression of an ancient tradition by which the threatened people attempted to
orientate themselves in an overwhelming situation in order to draw strength
from them.
2.000 years later, artist Patrick Brandt from Essen, Germany,
created the picture Group 10 in his work series Aktivografien in which
he applies digital picture points to radiographic image constructions.
The picture Group 10has also been created in a time of change
towards a world that has become increasingly more synthetic and
technological.
Despite his having no prior knowledge of the existence of the Utah
cave drawings, Brandt’s drawings bear a striking resemblance
to them.
This surprising circumstance led him to the idea of starting a series
of pictorial comparisons, to be seen in the Two-Picture-Exhibition
entitled Time of Great Change.
Peter Brdenk
Deputy Director, Forum Kunst und Arcihtektur, Essen
Source: National Geographic April 2015