New York

Jörg Sasse

Lehmann Maupin | New York, W 24 Street

The first thing one notices about Jörg Sasse’s new images is that they’re gorgeous, then that they resemble everyday snapshots. Only somewhere down the line does one recognize—in the strange tonalities and heightened formal rhythms—that they have been digitally tweaked. Sasse collects casual photographs made by others, studies them, and then teases out their latent formal and conceptual properties. That he uses digital imaging to effect his changes is almost beside the point, since the resultant works are manifestly about photography—“practicing photography by other means,” as Richter has described his paintings from photographs—and not about computer manipulation. The best of Sasse’s images transform the unintentional visual effects of “bad” photographs (light leaks, unconventional focus and framing) through subtle and highly purposeful alterations of color, line, and light into coherent,

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