The works are the result of several years’ focus on scientific materials as well as a collaboration with a group of scientists. With the new works Gamdrup moves in a radically new direction both visually and content wise.
Within the last five years Mads Gamdrup has worked with the potential of monochromatic photography and its strength as artistic statement in relation to a number of phenomena, such as distance, transparency, spirituality and materiality. Gamdrup explores the boundaries and possibilities of photography using Newton’s and Goethe’s colour theories. Using a special technique called Monochrome Colour Noise each colour’s exceptional resonance is manipulated by creating degrees of transparency within the individual colour unit – from pure colour to pure light. Gamdrup uses a colour palette assembled over the years from the pixelated noise, which has come into being in the transfer of his own analogous photos to digital ones. In the darkroom he has defined the colour on paper via different wavelengths of light, visualized as gradings of stripes, drips or bubbles.
Faced with these grand photos, the spectator is exposed to a plethora of flickering, dizzy colours, tricking the eye into perceiving them as vibrant and practically breathing entities. The figurative object of the photo is removed, and the abstract appearance makes the works resemble Klein and Rothko’s monochromatic paintings more closely than they do photographs. By using the photo’s technical starting point as an explicit basis for his beautiful colour compositions Gamdrup singles out a historical ambiguity between art and technology in this medium.
Mads Gamdrup has been professor at the Department of Photography at Trondheim Academy of Art since 2006, and since 2008 he has been head of Department at Trondheim Academy of Art.
Mads Gamdrup has been chosen to Participate in Carnegie Art Awards 2010.