There is a difference between generating an imagined picture and producing something that gets as close as possible to that imagined picture, or […] tracking something through an earlier piece of work.”
JÖRG SASSE’s “Sketches” are the basic material that looms largest in the entire working process. They are based on a huge store of amateur and the artist’s own photos which are only briefly edited in the first viewing, staying relatively close to the original material. Only few of these sketches, about ten to fifteen per year, are later elaborated into “tableaux”.
Jörg Sasse, who knows nothing about the context that these anonymous amateur photos originated from, seeks to trace a concrete visual presence in these sketches: “Despite different motivations and intentions of the photographers, what they generally have in common is the wish to capture the moment. This moment may not be more than an impulse. A lucid moment of vision which becomes visible only by fading out anything else: placed between the photographer and the world, the camera promises concentration and transformation. In fact, an element of actual time frequently and unintendedly infiltrates the photo, which seemed insignificant when it was taken and, being unintentional, has no sentimental value if viewed shortly after the event. Detached from the mood and point in time of the (photographic) moment, depiction and reflection are both showing. A basic prerequisite of any sketch which, in the act of viewing, holds the evanescence of a new moment.”