How Likely Is It That Only I Am Right In This Matter?
One group of images, Silvers, was made by manually feeding paper through a darkroom processor filled with expired photo chemicals. The spoken word piece, I Want to Make a Movie, speaks to the ability of an iPhone to make visuals. Tillmans makes use of these many mediums to address one central issue: the materiality of image making, itself.
And while the variation of processes and formats may confuse some, the ability to use disparate aesthetics to evoke a response has always been one of Tillmans' greatest strengths. But like any thoughtful artist, he knows that deriving a concise answer is not the point—it’s in the questioning that creation lies. So, even though he may not be “right” in this matter—being right may not be the goal after all.
'How likely is it that only I am right in this matter?' is open now, until October 20 at David Zwirner in New York.
Photo courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne, and Maureen Paley, London.