The twin subjects of reproduction and scale underpin the works in this series. Photographs of particular details are digitally augmented so as to become illegible, while text is added via photoshop. The resulting screenshot is then printed on aluminium and finally spraypainted by hand.
A central feature of contemporary culture is the indistiction of scale; this phenomenon may be experienced in the shrinking of distance in a global society, or through the ability of digital media to loosen the connections between an original and its reproduction, along with the fixed nature of scale and context implied by these relationships. Put simply, a traditional object or picture has a direct physical and spatial relationship with the beholder, while its digital counterpart does not. The impact of these technologies has been extensive, leading to the loss of the aura through mass-reproductions and a concomitant fluidity of scale. Brüggemann’s paintings seek to combine the speed and plasticity of the digital with the intervention of gesture, juxtaposing an aesthetics of disappearance with the romanticism of human agency.