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Adam Jeppesen - Work #7 - Mæra, 2023

Cyanotype on linnen, mounted on stretcher bars 
35 X 28 cm
Edition of 12 + 2AP
Signed and numbered on a separate label

The nature of the cyanotype, printed on linen is that it is impossible to reproduce two identical images. There are many factores that are in play, such as the intensity of the sunlight during exposure, the amount of cyanotype used for coating, and the amount of time and temperature of the water used for rinsing. This means that each version will be slightly different. 

"Mæra explores the thin veil between consciousness and the hallucinatory state often accompanying the initial phase of sleep. This series aims to capture that elusive moment right before sleep takes over, when thoughts start to blend into dreams, giving you a glimpse into another realm. With the help of artificial intelligence, I've been able to materialize this ethereal world into visual form.
Rather than simply using AI as a tool, I engage with it as a collaborator. The algorithm brings unpredictability and a certain detached objectivity, offering visual narratives that neither mimic my own human biases nor subscribe to commonly accepted norms. By posing abstract and philosophical questions to the algorithm, I guide it towards a creative process that transcends mere replication but is still based on a common visual repertoire. What emerges are images that while familiar, also evoke the same sense of mystery and wonder you might feel when drifting towards the unconscious. While some images take their starting point from work I have created, others are pure concoctions of the machine.

In Mæra you'll find a new language for the ineffable. The series doesn't just capture a moment or a mood; it captures an experience that resides deep within us but is often too intangible to articulate.

These hazy images are partially produced using cyanotype printed on canvas. In darkness each work gives off a soft hue resulting from additional techniques used in the printing process. This glow serves as a physical representation of the concept as well as a comment on our current discussion of how to watermark and signal work created using synthetic mediums. It opens a dialogue about ownership and originality in the digital age, challenging our perceptions of what constitutes 'real' in both art and life.
Mæra combines light and shadow with complex ideas to probe the less-understood areas of human consciousness. The outcome is a set of intriguing works that make you question what you know, turning vague thoughts into something tangible."
Adam Jeppesen

Adam Jeppesen (1978, Kalundborg, Denmark) studied at the Fatamorgana School of Art Photography in Denmark. He first gained international recognition with his Wake series, which was published by Steidl in 2008. His work has been displayed at various solo exhibitions in Denmark, Germany, Belgium and France, as well as multiple international group expositions. Jeppesen was nominated for the prestigious Deutsche Börse Prize in 2009 and 2016, as well as the KLM Paul Huf Award in 2009 and the Prix Pictet in 2016. His work has been incorporated into various museum collections, among them C/O Berlin, the National Museum of Photography in Denmark and the Denver Art Museum (US). In 2017 he had his first solo show at Foam, and his work was part of the group exhibitions Back to the Future (2018) and On Earth (2020).
Jeppesen lives and works in Uruguay.

The work will be carefully wrapped and send as an insured package. You will receive an e-mail with a Track & Trace code when the package is on its way. A framed copy is on display at Foam Editions, the gallery on the third floor of Foam Fotografiemuseum.

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€950,00 Incl. tax
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