Robert Morat

Hamburg

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While the gallery has moved to Berlin in summer, we still operate the showroom in Hamburg, open Friday and Saturday 12 – 6pm. So on my way there today.

The current show there is Michael Lange’s “Fluss“ (“River“).The project is a consistent sequel to his former “Wald” series, examining nature and aiming to find stillness and order. “River” focuses on the Rhine and the adjacent meadows of the Upper Rhine in the south of Germany. Between 2012 and 2014 Lange spent three years, working in the late fall and winter seasons, mostly shooting in the early monring hours at the break of dawn.

Lange says about his work: “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.“

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Berlin

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Back in Berlin, the gallery work continues. For it’s last week on show at our gallery in Linienstraße, the current exhibit is Christian Patterson’s “Bottom of the Lake”.

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Christian Patterson gained international critical acclaim five years ago for his series “Redheaded Peckerwood”. The book received multiple awards, the Rencontres d’Arles Book Author Award 2012 amongst others. A year later, in 2013, Christian Patterson received the prestigious Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.

In his new work titled “Bottom of the Lake”, Christian Patterson revisits his hometown of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin (French for “Bottom of the Lake”) and weaves together visual threads related to the town’s iconography, climate and culture. A 1973 telephone book from Fond du Lac serves as leitmotif. Patterson employs the same strategies that made his prior work, “Redheaded Peckerwood”, such a success, mixing large-format colour landscapes, black-and-white snapshots, appropriated and manipulated archival images, and studio still lifes. In addition the work contains interactive sculptural objects, such as a blue dial plate telephone, which plays sound files that the artist recorded during his field work.

Christian Patterson, born 1974, lives and works in New York. A monograph titled “Bottom of the Lake” is published by Koenig Books.

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Paris

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Paris Photo at Grand Palais, on Saturday November 14, around 1pm. This is usually pretty much the busiest time at the fair. After the horrific, barbaric terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night, the fair closed it’s doors and walking the empty aisles on the morning after made all of us feel devastated, frustrated, numb, angry and sad, all at the same time.

Paris Photo provides a virtual tour of the fair on it’s website, the ghostly emptiness of the building is representative of the feeling of being in Paris that day:

http://www.parisphoto.com/paris/news/take-a-virtual-tour-of-the-2015-fair