Rolf Sachs was born in 1955 to German-French parents in Lausanne and today mainly
lives in London. Since his childhood, he has had a close connection to the Engadine
Valley and St. Moritz.
Already creative in his youth, since the late 1980s Sachs has established himself as a
designer and artist. His works are inspired by everyday objects and materials that he
reinterprets in unconventional ways. From the beginning, Sachs has demonstrated a
restrained aesthetic and avoided decoration in favor of a more conceptual language that
evokes emotional and sensory reactions. The integration of the human factor as well as
humorous elements are typical characteristics that run through his multidisciplinary work.
In cooperation with Galerie von Bartha, Galerie Andrea Caratsch will be showing a
selection of photos from the series Camera in Motion: from Chur to Tirano, which Sachs
began assisted by Daniel Martinek in late 2012. In this body of works, Sachs took
photographs from a moving train. Depending on the speed of the train, the subject and
its distance from the camera, the resulting photographs show varying degrees of
blurriness that play and compete with moments of surprising clarity. The exhilarating
landscapes in these works unavoidably call to mind the German Romantics and the
paintings of Turner. Among more recent examples, a similar postmodern involvement
with landscapes, abstraction and photography, though carried out in the medium of
painting, can be found in the overpainted photographic landscapes of Gerhard Richter.
The drama and pathos of the large-format landscape pictures contrast with the silent and
more contemplative pictures of a railroad worker or a train signal, in which we recognize
Sachs’s interest in the everyday and the prosaic. Beyond these visual references,
Camera in Motion: from Chur to Tirano is meant to be understood as a reflection on the
notions of time and impermanence. It presents symbols of the fast pace of our time,
captured moments from all of our life journeys which continually slip out of our
consciousness and memory.