"Goldfinger" by Lars Plessentin

Jan 24, 2018

Lars is a German artist who creates ingenious collages using as a basis analogue photographs, which become at the end abstract images prone to multiple interpretations. In his series 'Gold finger', Lars utilises images from Berlin and different transparent papers to create multi-layered oeuvres that transport us to a different dimension. The resulting abstract images become in this way pictures of our minds, since we have to interpret them according to our previous experiences. Following we present an interview that we had with Lars: am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us? LP - My name is Lars Plessentin, I’m a landscape, urban and abstract photographer with a focus on analog techniques and based in Berlin. I was born in 1985 in Rostock a little town near the Baltic Sea. I studied product design and now I work at a little interesting company called “Photoautomat”. The rest of the time I create my work in an atelier. am - How did you start in photography? LP - I started with photography during my product design studies in 2010. During this time I learned a lot about old processes of analogue photography. am - What inspires your work? LP - I’m inspired by everything, there is not a concrete field. am - What is “Goldfinger” about? LP - "What does the artist want to tell us? The often asked question, which has already become a mocking phrase, is still very relevant in some circles. However, not for Lars Plessentin. In his new series 'Goldfinger', he breaks with the usual and puts exactly what he wants to see into his work. Geometric figures of any kind, which transfigure the seemingly familiar with an array of color combinations and invite every recipient to observe it meticulously. In a fusion of photo collage, photography and graphics, Plessentin creates a series of works that awakens and motivates the viewers’ curiosity. His pictures are unparalleled to others, which are induced with supposed meaning to be deciphered by the viewer, only so that they end up as a print on a jute bag at Mauerpark. In a very detailed and chaotically exact manner, Plessentin builds entire worlds out of forms and photographs, which ultimately are no more than defined forms of the real world. What does the artist want to tell us? Fortunately, his art does not care." * Review by Hanns Segelcke" am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists? LP - My favourite photographers and artists are Wolfgang Tillmans, Neo Rauch and Gerhard Richter. am - What’s your favourite movie and photo book? LP - -I have no favourite movies or photo books, because all books and movies have something to tell. am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.

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