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The Curtain (13 Seconds) 2007

Torsten Lauschmann (born 1970, Bad Soden, Germany)

The Curtain (13 Seconds)
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Copyright: Copyright The Artist; Image courtesy of the Artist and Mary Mary, Glasgow

Glasgow based artist Torsten Lauschmann works in a wide range of media including animation, photography, drawing, painting, sculpture and installation, making him one of Scotland's most interesting contemporary artists. Neil Mulholland, Reader in contemporary theory at Edinburgh College of Art has noted the Glasgow art scene's debt to Lauschmann's influence, particularly his approach to the use of digital technology in his practice. The photograph Curtain (13 Seconds) captures a moment in time - 13 seconds into a computer generated animation based on Conways's Game of Life mathematical explorations. The artist has described it as 'a curtain moving slightly from a draft of wind. For me it is a lure, which suggests a better, brighter world behind it but ultimately reveals itself as a mirage.' Though a captured moment in time, the still image retains an element of movement. Its colour harmony and light create the optical illusion of movement for the viewer.

Acquisition Details

Acquired from Mary Mary, Glasgow, 2008
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland 2007-2010 operated by the Scottish Arts Council.
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