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Thomas Demand

High Line

November 2013 – December 2013

Next to the High Line at 18th Street and 10th Avenue

November 1 – December 2, 2013

Thomas Demand meticulously recreates realistic settings using paper, cardboard, and other inexpensive materials. Demand often culls his source material from preexisting images found in the media, such as the interior of the Fukushima Daichi power plant after the 2011 tsunami, or the United States Oval Office. Upon completion, Demand records his ephemeral creations through photography in large-scale works, and then destroys the original model. His photographs occupy the liminal space between the real and the artificial, pushing the viewer to question the rigidity of these categories and the verisimilitude of photography.

For the High Line, Demand has created a site-specific work in response to the unique environment of the elevated park. Demand’s image of colored clothespins clipped to two white clotheslines depicts a domestic scene that can also be read as a celestial landscape. The two clotheslines evoke the condensation trails created by aircrafts that are visible in the sky above Manhattan. This quiet meditation on the sky contrasts the busy surroundings on the streets below.

Photos by Timothy Schenck.

Artist bio

Thomas Demand (b. 1964, Germany) lives and works in Berlin and Los Angeles.  Upcoming solo exhibitions include Dailies which will be on view at Matthew Marks Gallery, New York from November 2 – December 21, 2013. Demand has had one-person exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2012), travelling to the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2009); Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg (2008), and the Museum of Modern Art (2005). His work was also included in notable group exhibitions at Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C. (2013); Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich (2012); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2011); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); and the Tate Modern, London (2010), travelling to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.


High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art is made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr. and The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, with additional support from David Zwirner Gallery, and Vital Projects Fund, Inc. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. In-kind support provided by Maharam.

Space for High Line Billboard is donated by ParkFast.com.