The exhibition at Lia Rumma’s revolves around this great variety of outcomes and solutions, adeptly emphasising them.Upon entering the large hall on the ground floor, the visitor is greeted by a mix of works: photographs from the sterne series (1989-1992) created from views of the southern hemisphere made by the powerful ESO (European Southern Observatory), which the artist has manipulated and enlarged; the substrat series of 2007, in which Ruff has reformulated images from Japanese manga and anime, subjecting them to gradual superimpositions until they turn into alluring abstract surfaces, and three zycles – inkjet prints on canvas that reproduce mathematical curves generated by 3-D modelling programs. The artist’s interest in astronomy, which he has often revealed, is also at the heart of the works shown on the first floor, which belong to his recent ma.r.s. series. In this case, Ruff has used digital images of the planet Mars downloaded from the NASA website, enlarging particular details and modifying the colours with intense saturations. The exhibition ends on the second floor with works from his jpeg series of 2004, which in many ways can be seen as an effective summary of all his work. These are photographs he has chosen but not taken himself, “dilated in prodigious proportions, well beyond the limits afforded by their own definition, the images acquire a typical reticular look that reveals the grid of digital compression beneath; in other words, they tell us more about the technology of reproduction than of the subjects portrayed” (Simone Menegoi, Thomas Ruff MOUSSE MAGAZINE – Issue#1).