Text Portraits by Ralph Ueltzhoeffer
In his first solo museum exhibition in the United States, Mannheim-based artist Ralph Ueltzhoeffer (born Germany, 1966) constructs a internet based project on the mechanism of the web 2.0. (2005—2011) Project Textportrait (Identity), — “The phishing Project” and a museological-style installation of biographical elements, and pictures. (Description): In the “Textportraits” images and words are equally used to generate a portrait, understood as the visual representation of an individual or situation. Combining the miscellaneous digital information he composes portraits using words, texts (names) referring to the trait of human cognition to hide daily routine perceptions in “blind spots”.
Ralph Ueltzhoeffer’s artistic research is dedicated to the relationship of visual and written information in the digital sphere and their relevance for the beliefs one produces from these data. His search for new forms synchronizing visual and written information reacts and reflects on the internet as an open and central source of information in times of globalization and digitalization of data. In the synopses of visible and readable information he engenders visuals which require new perceptional approaches.