Born 1982, raised and currently living in Germany with an unbridled obsession for pictures. Jorg Karg has been focusing on digital photo collages for around twelve years now. He takes photographic material, rearranges it, and abstract it, using photo-editing software. Therefore he creates his own photographic material and collaborates with photographers from all around the world. Before discovering this fascinating for photography, he obsessively painted and drew, which is a big influence in his current photographic practice.
Jorg Karg was nominated for The BLOOOM Award 2016 at the Art Fair Cologne and was shortlisted for the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2017. Since then he exhibited in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Sweden. In 2018 and 2019 the journey went on and his works were recognized by several awards like the PX3 Paris Photo Award or the IPA International Photography Award. The range of exhibitions has also expanded to France, Spain, Hong Kong, Japan, the USA, and Australia. Alongside he has been published multiple times in magazines and other media.
Fire without a Sound
During the last 15 months, I took about 8.000 photos in my studio and around. I experimented with clay, wire, wood and so many more materials and objects. Just to name some things, I covered a chair in concrete and glued around 1000 pearls on fabric. I bent candles, ground stone for weeks, and smashed a lot of beautiful ceramics just to photograph the shards. All to finally understand one thing:
“Breaking the boundaries means breaking my own boundaries in the first place. Dismiss all restrictions. Exhale everything. Start again.”
„The intention behind my digital photo collages is that the beholder feels addressed immediately, without any further explanation. Therefore I use present-day visual language and techniques to combine it with long-established, fundamental ideas of painting and drawing.
Our subjective perception is shaped by so many instant influences these days. Modern media affects us immensely, but so does almost forgotten ideas about shapes, colors, and expressions of past days. Everything builds on one another and is subconsciously present all the time. All that has to be taken into account to move the viewer and create an unexpected personal experience. If you like, an expansion of the field of college. My own person is irrelevant in that context, what is underlined by the use of a pseudonym.“
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