Werner Schrödl, 161 candela (2016)
Space needs light. Light needs space. The central element of Werner Schrödl’s work is a glowing crystal chandelier, which a man seems to hang in the sky in the pale light of the recently set sun. The warm pool of light cast by the chandelier not only creates a space for the protagonist, but also transforms the desolate outdoor setting into a mystically charged pictorial space. The title of the work refers to the calculated light intensity (candela) necessary to illuminate the scene in such a way that the surrounding crumbling buildings become fellow actors in this surreal-seeming moment.
Werner Schrödl (* 1971) sees photography as a medium that unsettles and manipulates our visual habits and changes our view of perceived reality. Irritating, mysterious, and uncanny moments find their way into our mental imagery. The artist does not use fictional or surreal motifs and narratives, but rather creates everything from reality as it exists. He takes great pains in arranging the scenes, which he then records as film or photographs. Although it is often hard to ignore the performative character of the compositions, the focus is clearly on the sculptural quality of the moment.