With anonymous piles of paper, Thomas Demand’s Pile reconstructs the scenery of the controversial ballot recount in Florida from the 2000 United States presidential election.
Thomas Demand has a unique approach to photography. The objects, rooms and other spaces shown in his images look real at first glance, but turn out on closer inspection to be three-dimensional, life-sized sculptures, which are entirely constructed from colored paper and cardboard. (…) The Serpentine exhibition includes a selection of seminal works for which Demand has achieved international acclaim over the past decade, as well as a number of new photographs, including a major work entitled Grotto, 2006. The sheer scale and complexity of this project is greater than anything Thomas Demand has previously undertaken. The life-sized sculpture of the grotto featured in the photograph required many tonnes of cardboard and, for the first time, computer technology was employed to cut each of the unique shapes that were required to form the structure, based on a postcard of a popular tourist destination in Mallorca. – Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Thomas Demand: Catalogue Serpentine Gallery, 2006