Thomas Ruff: ma.r.s.

The works in this series are based on black-and-white satellite photographs of the surface of Mars, taken by NASA spacecraft as part of a search for clues about how long water existed on the planet. Ruff’s images show extreme close-ups of the planet’s rugged surface, until recently unseen. Downloading the pictures from NASA’s website, the artist used computer manipulation to infuse the gray-scale images with saturated color. The resulting chromogenic prints transform the originals into visual statements that both capture the sweeping enormity of the planetary surface while distancing themselves from representational imagery, evocative instead of abstract and minimalist compositions.

A Chromogenic print with Diasec by Thomas Ruff, titled Thomas Ruff ma.r.s.01_III, dated 2011.

Thomas Ruff

ma.r.s.01_III, 2011
Chromogenic print with Diasec
100 3/8 x 72 7/8 inches (255 x 185 cm)
A Chromogenic print with Diasec by Thomas Ruff, titled ma.r.s.05 I, dated 2011.

Thomas Ruff

ma.r.s.05 I, 2011
Chromogenic print with Diasec
100 3/8 x 72 7/8 inches (255 x 185 cm)
A chromogenic print by Thomas Ruff titled ma.r.s.06 III, dated 2012.

Thomas Ruff

ma.r.s.06 III, 2012
Chromogenic print
100 x 72 3/8 inches (254 x 183.8 cm) 1/3
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled ma.r.s.09, dated 2010.

Thomas Ruff

ma.r.s.09, 2010
Chromogenic print with Diasec
100 3/8 x 72 7/8 inches (255 x 185 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled ma.r.s.10, dated 2010.

Thomas Ruff

ma.r.s.10, 2010
Chromogenic print with Diasec
Framed: 100 3/8 x 72 7/8 inches (255 x 185 cm)

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