Thomas Ruff: jpegs

Blown up to the scale of traditional nineteenth-century history paintings, the images in the jpegs series are noticeably blurred yet remain legible, producing an almost painterly effect wherein grids of mechanical pixilation substitute for the expressiveness of a brushstroke, and, like the works of the Impressionists, the full image only comes into view at a distance. Soon after the completion of the first images in the series, Ruff expanded his interrogation to include a wide range of subject matter—from acts of war and terrorism to mundane imagery of bucolic landscapes, all coded with standardized shorthand titles, designed to allow the viewer only partial access to the subject matter.

A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg mo01, dated 2009.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg mo01, 2009
Chromogenic print with Diasec
97 1/4 x 72 7/8 inches (247 x 185.1 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg ea01, dated 2007.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg ea01, 2007
Chromogenic print with Diasec
98 3/8 x 72 3/4 inches (249.9 x 184.8 cm)
A chromogenic print with Diasec by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg ib02, dated 2007.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg ib02, 2007
Chromogenic print with Diasec
94 1/2 x 72 7/8 inches (240 x 185.1 cm)
A chromogenic print with Diasec by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg icbm04, dated 2007.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg icbm04, 2007
Chromogenic print with Diasec
95 3/4 x 72 3/4 inches (243.2 x 184.8 cm)
A Chromogenic print with Diasec by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg td02, dated 2006.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg td02, 2006
Chromogenic print with Diasec
102.76 x 74.02 inches (261 x 188 cm)
A chromogenic print with Diasec by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg ny06, dated 2005.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg ny06, 2005
Chromogenic print with Diasec
109 7/8 x 74 inches (279 x 188 cm)

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