Mar 18, 2009

Offering an intensely detailed view of mundane objects and landscapes, German photographer Andreas Gefeller's large color photographs from his ongoing series Supervisions depict a whole world of architecture hidden in plain sight. Comprised of a variety of exaggerated, close-up views of urban spaces- graffiti-clad city walls, drop ceilings, sandy beaches, swimming pools, and parking lots in Dusseldorf, Tokyo, New York, and Miami- Gefeller redefines our perception of commonplace scenes and settings through his methodical scans. His topographic representations seem unreal, yet retain a documentary-like feel, transporting the viewer to a new dimension through his "bird's eye" perspective. "Untitled" (Sand Tracks), Miami, 2008, (above), is one such image, demonstrating the artist's ability to transform straightforward landscapes, in this case, a vision of traces in the sand, and heighten them into scenes at once abstract and startlingly revealing.