21 May – 23 July 2022
Elger Esser; Silberblumen
49 Tung Street
Flowers Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of recent works by the French-German artist Elger Esser, his first exhibition in Hong Kong.
Elger Esser’s works are concerned with the historical relationship between painting and photography, creating lyrical and often introspective images, in which the landscape and memory is combined. Having studied in Düsseldorf under the tutorship of Bernd Becher in the 1990s, Esser forged a singular and distinctive approach to contemporary photography, with a strong emphasis on narrative and craftsmanship.
Esser’s reappraisal of the history of photography begins with its technological foundations, often re-addressing early photomechanical processes and materials, including heliogravure and silver gelatin prints, as well as the widely reproduced format of the postcard. His works echo the discoveries of early masters of photography, while evoking broad art historical references in both form and content, from the 17th century Dutch Golden Age to the Romantic painters of the 19th century.