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Galerie Andrea Caratsch presents Camera in Motion: A Photographic project by Rolf Sachs
Camera in Motion 31.08.2013 / 20.56.23.

ST. MORITZ.- Following the success of Rolf Sachs’s solo exhibition, ‘typisch deutsch?’ at the Museum fuer Angewandte Kunst, Cologne, internationally renowned Galerie Andrea Caratsch presents Camera in Motion, a photographic project by artist Rolf Sachs, at their St. Moritz gallery.

For Camera in Motion, fleeting moments of the spectacular landscape along the World Heritage Rhaetian Albula/Bernina Railway, have been photographed over the course of an entire year. These form an extensive and breath-taking collection of photographs, that blur the boundaries between abstract art and landscape photography.

The results of shooting from the moving train, are a multi-faceted collection of captivating photographs in large scale format, that demonstrate the changes of the seasons and lighting conditions, in a distinctive combination of abstraction and reality. The images are as unexpected as they are diverse; greatly differing from the impressions the human eye would usually register when in motion.

Rolf Sachs comments: “Having grown up and gone to school in the Engadin valley, I regularly travelled on the Albula/Bernina Railway line and developed a great appreciation for the natural beauty and diversity of the surrounding Alpine landscape. The scenery continuously surprises me as I discover new details with every journey. I wanted to experiment with combining the motion of the train with these remarkable views.”

The Leica camera lends itself as an exceptional tool to capture the transient impressions of the landscape, the motion of trees rushing by, passengers at the stations, stones blurred, challenging the viewer to experience this famous journey in an unexpected and new light.

Rolf Sachs notes: “The photographic results are intriguing and have gone beyond what we ever expected as the camera manages to capture images that the human eye could not begin to perceive”.

Gallerist Andrea Caratsch comments: “We are delighted to bring Camera in Motion to St. Moritz. These artworks are beyond photography. They are more about painting in a ‘Turner-esque’ sense of the word, and it is this that makes them so captivating.”

This is Sachs’s third photographic project, following ‘The Wild Emperor’ (2004) and ‘Amazon Express’ (2006-2008). ‘The Wild Emperor’ project documented the ever-changing view of a mountain scape spanning an entire year and for the ‘Amazon Express’, Sachs installed a camera on a boat belonging to Jean Pigozzi, which documented over 18,000 images accompanying the boat on it’s journeys.

For Camera in Motion, Sachs applied his renowned conceptual approach to the spectacular Albula/Bernina train journey between Thusis in Switzerland and Tirano in Italy where he and local assistant photographer Daniel Martinek began shooting in December 2012. “08.10.2013 / 13.02.46” from the Camera in Motion project was exhibited at PAD 2014, the first time a work from this series has been shown in the UK.

Conceptual artist and designer, Rolf Sachs is recognised for his distinctive, multidisciplinary approach. His work takes inspiration from everyday objects that contain ‘traces of life.’ It is the human touch within objects which fuels his thinking, allowing him to move freely between art and design, searching for the ‘inner soul,’ character and honesty in unexpected and overlooked places.

Sachs challenges the way materials are used and handled, through constant experimentation and invention; he thrives on pushing materials to their limits to create something new and surprising. Whether creating furniture, objects, photography, sculpture, set-design, interior architecture or installations, Sachs sets out to challenge preconceptions by shunning the decorative and questioning the very nature of form and function. His work encourages playful interaction and an emotional connection with familiar things, often presented in unfamiliar ways.

He set up his London based studio rolf sachs fun c'tion in 1994, which has now become a creative laboratory, brimming with ideas, prototypes and creations, where, together with his team, he fuses design with the arts.

2014 Sachs’s first major museum exhibition at the Musuem fuer Angewandte Kunst in Cologne with the presentation of typisch deutsch?. Reappraising cultural labels, questioning stereotypes and opening a discourse on German identity in the 21st century, viewers were asked to contemplate German archetypes and clichés from a different perspective, questioning the very essence of what it means to be typisch deutsch/typical German.

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