THOMAS DEMAND (German, b. 1964) culls photographs from history books and periodicals that illustrate significant and often notorious passages in our common past. The hotel room in which L. Ron Hubbard worked on Dianetics, for example, was the starting point for Zimmer (Room). Demand meticulously constructs models of the depicted settings in his studio, lights them naturalistically, and then makes large-scale color photographs of them. Cool and spare, the pictures are nonetheless moody and evocative, haunted by tensions arising from their subtly unsettling artifice. Above: Zimmer (Room). 1996. Chromogenic color print. 67 3/4 x 91 3/8". Lent by the artist.