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Thomas Demand, Daily #11, 2009, ink-jet print, 28 7/8 x 32 1/2". From the series “Dailies,” 2008–12.

Thomas Demand

Matthew Marks Gallery | 502 W. 22nd Street

Thomas Demand, Daily #11, 2009, ink-jet print, 28 7/8 x 32 1/2". From the series “Dailies,” 2008–12.

The title of Thomas Demand’s recent exhibition “Dailies” evokes the cinema—dailies (also known as rushes) being the raw footage of each day’s shooting prepared for viewing the following day by the director and crew. But while Demand has made films in the past (for which he may well have used dailies as part of his working process), this was a show of still photographs. As would be expected by anyone familiar with the work of this photographer, who trained as a sculptor, everything in his new images appears to have been fabricated in the studio from basic materials such as cardboard; as ever, he presents a sort of Strawberry Fields, where, as the song says, “nothing is real.” The sense of eerie unreality conjured by the clean surfaces devoid of detail in Demand’s scale models (made only for the eye of the camera) has often carried an ironic charge, since the images are derived

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