Thomas Ruff at Gow Langsford

Thomas Ruff, 'nudes on14', 2006

Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland,¬†is exhibiting a selection of work by renowned German photographer Thomas Ruff.¬† While it’s exciting to see his photographs in this neck of the woods, the¬†show could have done with a bit of pruning.¬† The space is filled with¬†bits and pieces from various series executed in the mid to late ’90s and¬†the selection seems cluttered and incohesive.

The stand-outs are¬†Ruff’s nudes, particularly ‘nudeson14’ (above).¬† Made without a camera, the images are gleaned from porn sites and enlarged and obscured digitally.¬† This painterly effect not only enhances the formal elements of the composition¬†but literally blurs the line between art and pornography.

Thomas Ruff: Photographs, Gow Langsford Gallery, 26 Lorne Street, Auckland, until April 24

Thomas Ruff at Gow Langsford