Keys and Mirrors Adrian Sauer


Keys and Mirrors

In his most recent work, Klavier, Roma, 14.11.2016, Adrian Sauer shows us how a very simple idea can be turned into a very complex aesthetic construct. The equation behind the work seems simple – 88 keys, 88 images. And in fact, it is the 88 keys of an ordinary upright piano that give the photographic series its outer structure. One key – either white or black – is at the center of each of the pictures.

The distance between the camera and the keyboard has been set so that the keys appear in their actual size in the finished photos. But within the strict vertical composition, the lens captures not just the one key, but also its surroundings, such that across the series, the number of keys is unexpectedly multiplied.