The Kopeikin Gallery is pleased to present WALD | FLUSS (forest/river), their first exhibition with German artist Michael Lange. The exhibition opens Friday March 18th, with a reception with the artist from 6:00-8:00 pm and runs through April 16th, 2016. It is free and open to the public.
Two separate bodies of landscapes come together in large prints cohesively in their searches for stillness and harmony. Through both series, Lange captures timelessness in lands seemingly untouched by human hands.
Photographed over the course of three years in the coniferous and deciduous forests of Germany during the twilight hours, WALD is a documentation of the forest in its mythic form. The idea of the forest has been imaginary for centuries. Through fairytales and mythical narratives, the forest has emphatically written itself into collective memory. In it, the forest’s visual substance mostly sees itself as a psychic area of retreat, in which childish longings and fears can live on. Lange found those places of retreat in which the imaginings of childhood condense, in sober nature documentary form, into impressive visual coinages. His photographs were created beyond the paths and hiking trails, often in the thicket and dense undergrowth. He visually captures an experience that is expressed in the German Romantic specific term „Waldeinsamkeit“ – Sylvan Solitude.
The latest series “FLUSS” focuses on the Rhine River – the largest river in Europe. The series aims to find stillness in motion and order in chaos. The depicted, seemingly untouched river appears magical and mysterious at the same time. “To lose myself in situations and images, to indulge in the longing for stillness, is a major element of my artistic work. My works are intimate encounters. Emotion and ephemerality become manifested in them.”
Born in Heidelberg, Germany Michael Lange has been working since the late seventies as a magazine and commercial photographer and has been focusing on personal projects the last 20 years. He is currently based in Hamburg, Germany.
He has had numerous solo shows, amongst others at the prestigious Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation in Berlin, Robert Morat Gallery Hamburg, L.A. Gallery Frankfurt, Wouter van Leeuwen Gallery Amsterdam and photo-eye gallery Santa Fe. His work was part of various Photofestivals and fares such as „La Gacilly“ in France, „Noorderlicht“ in the Netherlands, or Paris Photo. He has twice been the recipient of the Stiftung Kulturfonds grant in Germany.
His books WALD and FLUSS had been published by Hatje Cantz 2012 + 2015. Both books are available at the Gallery as well as limited editions.
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