Apophenia by Lukas Felzmann
Apophenia is an artist’s book which weaves together two archives: One is an archive of postcards sent to the father of the artist, the other is the artists archive of unpublished photographs.
Lukas Felzmann uses the portrait format postcard he discovered as part of his late father’s estate, they challenged him to react to them with his own works – and at the same time question his own habitual ways of seeing things. What one might at first consider to be playful yet accidental turns beyond formalistic outward appearances. what does it mean to photograph the world vertically? and what rules can offer us guidance when we choose one or the other direction?
Nevertheless, Lukas Felzmann also makes use of the vertical as a means of classification, as a procedure whereby one can tame the wild, overwhelming wealth of images: his father’s postcards collection on the one hand, and his own photographic archive on the other. Felzmann says he concentrated on vertical images in order to arrive at a manageable number, and in this way he also allows chance to play a role.