A world of Immaterial Objects

They are standing there flashily saturated underneath the mid-day sun, mute, unmanned, and inanimate. They pick me because I am very curious to see what their immaterial version would look like and because I am fascinated by the ontological, the artistic, and the semantic discourses surrounding their existence; Texture, shape, form, color, and symmetry on the outside, exchange value, utility, and functionality on the inside. With careful use of the camera’s frame, the vantage point, and found and prosthetic color a lot of information is intentionally left out. Where is the location of these objects? What are they exactly? And what is their use? Could it be that they are just sensory versions of material things inhabiting a photorealistic never-ever-world? It is the “anticipation of a discovery’ and the need for “experimental versioning” that have me wandering around urban spaces capturing inanimate objects. Although post-processing occurs in my work, I could identify myself as a photographer “Finder”. I focus my attention on these material objects that are colorful and geometric in shape. In most cases I find them in buildings, shop fronts, and stands. Their role is either decorative or informative. My hypothesis is that the aggregation of these appropriated objects in a body of work can foster the creation of a world of their own. A photorealistic never-ever-world, a world of immaterial objects, as the title suggests.


Yiannis Galanopoulos