Nicolas Baier

Cinemascope

2002
Nicolas Baier is interested in documenting the ephemeral – even immaterial – aspects of daily life, and in finding ways to physically re-present them as objects of beauty or wonder. He created Cinemascope by using his computer scanner to “photograph” its own glass surface, then significantly enlarging the resulting image. Essentially capturing “nothing,” the final work magnifies each scratch, dust particle and imperfection on the bed, and elevates them to beautiful, celestial forms floating in a seemingly infinite space. The title references an outdated technique of filming, then projecting, movies in wide-angle format, and draws attention to the simultaneously transformative and deceptive shift that occurs when the scale of an image is manipulated.
Title
Cinemascope
Date
2002
Medium
Photograph
Materials
4 dye coupler prints laminated under matte polyester film
Dimensions
244 x 488 cm installed
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2004
Accession number
41483.1-4