Thomas Hofmann: Egon Schiele has always fascinated me. In my early teens I was already intrigued by his style, his spaceless and the individual way in which he composed his paintings

THOMAS HOFMANN

Two months ago I met this photographer at the III. Viennese Rope Festival. He was there showing some of his beautiful female shibari images. My now ex-colleague and I not only enjoyed his work. In our minds we secretly constructed images of the photographer himself being tied up. Unfortunately for us that fantasy did not become a reality, but then you can’t blame two girls for dreaming now can you! 😉

At the end of the second day – and after a few beers – I put my shyness aside and talked to him about his work. I asked if he also had pictures of men being tied up for my blog, but he hadn’t. He confirmed the difficulty of finding men who want to pose in the nude in general. He did tell me about a project he had started working on, translating some of the self-portraits of the Austrian artist Egon Schiele (1890-1918) into photgraphs. Here you can enjoy some of the first results of his exciting and original project.

egon schiele remixed
Egon Schiele has always fascinated me. In my early teens I was already intrigued by his style, his spaceless and the individual way in which he composed his paintings. He simply was ahead of his time! Especially with his offensive erotic illustrations.” About ten years ago I started wondering if it would be possible to interpretate his drawings and painting photographically. However, all attempts failed dismally. Digital photography turned out to be unsuitable for realizing my idea.

“Last year, by accident really, I discovered a way how to possibly successfully reinterpretate cq. remix Schiele’s work. I had just started making test photos with a new instant picture photographic film by Impossible – with Porn-Art self-portraits being the chosen theme. As soon as I saw the result, it hit me. With this medium (instant picture) my project could function. I started researching, reading books about Schiele and making series of tests.

These are the first results

of the self-portraits-reinterpretations. In the end this project should contain 22 motives, that reinterpret Schiele’s most important work and transfer his artistic statements into the present. To me it is mainly about addressing his social criticism regarding the way society dealt with sexuality in his time and the double standards that still exist today. The title of the project is: Egon Schiele rEmIxEd – a photographic deconstruction.”


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