May 12 - June 11, 2005
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German artist Oliver Boberg's photographs and film stills represent deceptively simple conclusions to a complex process. A typical Boberg image wil begin as collection of details describing a type of area or edifice from which he will cull items to be included in elaborate scale models that he will construct. He then hires a photographer to shoot the models from predetermined vantage points to achieve the finished photograph. The models may perfectly represent a concrete overpass, a rural warehouse, building site detritus, a truncated view of an unidentified monument - all architecturally correct and familiar - but their believability is eerie and disturbing - their exact sense of place is a sham. Through his careful manipulation of visual information and mental expectation, Boberg achieves a strangely compelling "reality" that is both recognizable and unknowable; banal and universal.
Oliver Boberg lives and works in Fürth, Germany. His work is in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Texas; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the M.Z. Margulies Collection, Miami; and the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida. Boberg's work was first shown at Rena Bransten Gallery in a group exhibition entitled Artitecture last summer. In conjunction with our solo show, he has an exhibit at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts up now through July 3rd that includes his videos as well as a survey of photographs.