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by Thomas Wrede
Anywhere is a selection of photographs from the two of Thomas Wrede’s series: Real Landscapes (started in 2005) and Seascapes (2001-2007. Both bodies of work are intrinsically linked to the landscape of the North Sea coast and to the Lusatian mining district of eastern Germany.Wrede is inclined to explore the boundaries between simulation and reality. In the series Real Landscapes, Wrede reproduces the world as a sort of model kit. Large impact scenes are presented on a very small scale. Images and replicas vacillate between the idyllic and the catastrophic. The ideas for his pictures are driven by impulses from the worlds of art and media. The artist uses commonplace objects for the staging of his pictures. Toy cars and miniature houses taken from a model train kit are placed on beaches, in coal dumps and on garbage.With the panoramic landscapes of his Seascapes, the beaches of the German North Sea coast appear on the one hand as a touristic stage and on the other as a metaphysically charged, infinite natural space in which man, sky, water and earth meet. The human figures appear to wander around aimlessly across the immense expanse of the beach and the reflecting void of the shallow water. As we gaze into the distance at the immensity of the horizon, the figures turn into miniatures strangely disconnected from reality.