Ohne Titel (untitled), 2013
Hans Kupelwieser


Hans Kupelwieser’s photogram brings us extremely close to the objects depicted in a way that only this technique could. Without a camera, created by the direct exposure of photographic paper, the photogram is the most indexical form of photography. It refers directly to three-dimensional reality, both in the size of the image and the depth of field, even if the image itself seems unfamiliar. As a medium between two-dimensionality and three-dimensionality, the photogram has been part of Kupelwieser’s diverse œuvre from the 1980s until today. The plastic bottles, tubes and other plastic parts depicted are closely related to humans and their actions, they are no longer used objects of the Anthropocene. Composed through the ‘guided chance’ of gravity, their physical properties become visible in the photogram – size, contour, volume, material density.