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unoe03, 2009 Pigment print 11.8 x 15 inches Signed Edition of 50
(German, b. 1966)
Speaking of his series Übergang, Josef Schulz says “The theme of my work is that of former border stations at inner European frontiers. In working with these images, what was primarily subject to modification was the background. Landscape contexts are no longer recognizable. Border landscapes become unspecific and exchangeable. Documentary-style sequencing and de-contextualization reduce the border posts to a model. Architectural perceptions and period trends in individual countries become apparent. The border posts resemble abandoned sentinels or faded monuments of past partition. They will remind us of what has yet to be achieved, recalling that they could one day easily be returned to their previous function." Josef Schulz studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy in the classes of both Bernd Becher and Thomas Ruff. His work has been exhibited at Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY in 2008; Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Germany in 2008; and Gallery Lumiere, Seoul, Korea in 2006.