Thomas Ruff: Cassini

The works in this series are based on photographs of Saturn taken by NASA’s Cassini–Huygens spacecraft, which orbited around Saturn between 2004 and 2008 to provide the first in-depth, close-up study of the planet and its domain, including its rings, moons, and magnetosphere, the enormous magnetic bubble that controls its planetary movement. Ruff acquired these black-and-white raw images from NASA’s website and, through computer manipulation, infused each image with saturated color. The resulting chromogenic prints transform the originals into visual statements that both capture the sweeping enormity of planetary structures while still distancing themselves from concrete forms, evocative instead of abstract and minimalist compositions.

A chromogenic print by Thomas Ruff, titled cassini 05, dated 2008.

Thomas Ruff

cassini 05, 2008
Chromogenic print
37 1/4 x 42 1/4 inches (94.5 x 108.5 cm)
A chromogenic print by Thomas Ruff, titled cassini 16, dated 2009.

Thomas Ruff

cassini 16, 2009
Chromogenic print
42 3/4 x 42 3/4 inches (108.6 x 108.6 cm)
A chromogenic print by Thomas Ruff, titled cassini 23, dated 2009.

Thomas Ruff

cassini 23, 2009
Chromogenic print
42 1/2 x 42 1/2 inches (108 x 108 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled cassini 25, dated 2009.

Thomas Ruff

cassini 25, 2009
Chromogenic print
42 5/8 x 42 5/8 inches (108.3 x 108.3 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled cassini 26, dated 2009.

Thomas Ruff

cassini 26, 2009
Chromogenic print
42 5/8 x 42 5/8 inches (108.5 x 108.5 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled cassini 32, dated 2009.

Thomas Ruff

cassini 32, 2009
Chromogenic print
42 1/2 x 42 1/2 inches (108 x 108 cm)

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