Brilliantly simple collages by Jens Ullrich fusing sport and figurative sculpture

Date
16 July 2012
Reading Time
1 minute read

Berlin-based artist Jens Ullrich creates large-scale collages that make the careful elision between frozen-moment drama in sports photography and the inertia of classical looking sculptures.

The effect is immediate and extremely powerful; the familiar sporting image levitates with apparent weightlessness, simultaneously graceful and powerful, and yet is suddenly, literally, rendered motionlessness as stone with a passive aestheticism that belies the grainy excitement of the original image. It is a simple sort of brilliance that figured the uncanny similitude between a reclining nude and a pro football player…

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Jens Ullrich, Flieger Nr. 41 Erigeneia, 2010, Collage on Nettle 113 × 142 cm, unique, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf

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Jens Ullrich, Flieger Nr. 63 Eos, 2011, Collage on Nettle 235 × 113cm, unique, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf

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Jens Ullrich, Flieger Nr. 02 Taurus, 2011, Collage on Nettle 147 × 113cm, unique, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf

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Jens Ullrich, Flieger Nr. 06 Traggas, 2010, Collage on Nettle 113 × 127.3 cm, unique, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf

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Jens Ullrich, Flieger Nr. 04 L’Air, 2010, Collage on Nettle 113 × 145 cm, unique, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf

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Jens Ullrich, Flieger Nr. 33 Eklipse, 2010, Collage on Nettle 113 × 226cm, unique, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf

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Jens Ullrich, Flieger Nr. 60 Vimana, 2011, Collage on Nettle 113 × 222cm, unique, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf

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Jens Ullrich, Flieger Nr. 62 Sealtiel, 2011, Collage on Nettle 202 × 113cm, unique, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf

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Jens Ullrich

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Jens Ullrich, Flieger Nr. 05 Kniende, 2011, Collage on Nettle 113 × 168 cm, unique, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf

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