Thomas Wrede

Museum Kunst der Westk üste/ Kunst:raum Sylt Quelle

All that can be seen for miles is an undefined milky white surface. Amid a welter of footprints, two tiny figures meander toward the horizon. Im Nebel (In the Fog), 2004, is part of Thomas Wrede’s series “Am Meer” (Seascapes), 2001–2007—images that show people seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Sometimes we see these figures strolling by the waterside or just standing in the shallow waters of the river Watt. Sometimes the people are barely visible between the tufts of grass poking out of the dunes, as in Dünengras mit Sitzenden (Marrram Grass with People Sitting in the Sand), 2005; sometimes they are absent, as in Strandkörbe II (Roofed Wicker Beach Chairs II), 2005, in which we see only covered wicker loungers scattered about a beach like building blocks.

Wrede’s photographs are all about the boundaries that define artificiality and the difficulty of pinning down the real. While his “

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