Porcelaine Figurines, 2004–2007 Flower Vases, 2007–2010
Queens and knights in white porcelain, kung-fu warrior and ballerina figurines, glass vases holdingvarious types of flowers… no object is safe from the destructive spirit of Martin Klimas’s camera. Yet the dominant idea in these photographs is not that of destruction but rather of transformation.Made of fragile materials, these objects invariably shatter upon impact with the ground and are caught by the photographer at their precise moment of disintegration: a fleeting moment of absolutesilence that the human eye is unable to grasp in real time. A specialist in High Speed Photography – a descendant of chronophotography – Martin Klimasuses neutral, monochrome backgrounds and an environment controlled to within a millimetre in order to capture these objects at the very moment they smash into a thousand pieces. The soundproduced by the vases and figurines upon hitting the ground triggers the camera, which then reveals the suspended moment, the transitional space that lies between object and non-object. Thistechnique inspires the perception of new objects, of “temporary sculptures” created by the photographer, which succeed one another and last only a fraction of a second. From among all the shotstaken of each object, he selects only one, that which most aptly expresses its mutation. Between elegance and violence, rest and motion, the photographs of Martin Klimas reveal thebeauty and poetry of a transformative moment and the silence preceding total destruction. www.martin-klimas.de
Martin Klimas(1971, Singen, Deutschland) lebt und arbeitet in Düsseldorf. 1998 schliesst er seine Ausbildung in visueller Kommunikationund Fotografie an der Fachhochschule Düsseldorf ab. Martin Klimas wird von der Galerie Cosar in Düsseldorf und der FolleyGallery in New York vertreten. Seine Werke wurden bereits in Deutschland, Italien, Spanien, China und in den USA gezeigt.