ARTISTS / Contemporary art
Martin Klimas

Available works
Martin Klimas
1971born in Singen
1992-98studied photography at the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences
lives and works in Düsseldorf
 Solo exhibitions (selection)
2019More than meets the Eye, Cosar HMT, Düsseldorf, Germany
New Flowers, Foley Gallery, New York, USA
2018Polarloops, Cosar HMT, Düsseldorf, Germany
Radiant and Polarization, Foley Gallery, New York, USA
2016Soundworks, Foley Gallery, New York, USA
2015Lenticular/Polarization, Cosar HMT, Düsseldorf, Germany
2013SONIC, Foley Gallery, New York, USA
Opening new Opera, Musiktheater, Linz, Austria
2012Sonic Sculptures, Pavlov's Dog, Berlin, Germany
Movements, Other Gallery, Beijing and Shanghai, China
2011Foulard, Cosar HMT, Düsseldorf, Germany
2009Flowers, Foley Gallery, New York, USA
2008Ceramic Explosion, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, USA
Flowervases, COSAR HMT, Düsseldorf, Germany
2007Temporary Sculpture' Foley Gallery, New York, USA
2006Gallery Michael Cosar, Düsseldorf, Germany
Gravity, Galeria Suzy Shammah, Milan, Italy
2004Gallery Michael Cosar, Düsseldorf, Germany
 Group exhibitions (selection)
2022Moments of Seeing - 4 photographic positions, Galerie Schlichtenmaier, Stuttgart, Germany
2020Structures, Cosar HMT, Düsseldorf
Like blossoms thoughts rise, Gallery Schlichtenmaier, Castle Dätzingen
The illusion of reality, Galerie Schlichtenmaier, Stuttgart
2019Flowers in Photography, Gallery Stihl, Waiblingen
Class Art, Landesgalerie Linz
2018Drive Drove, Kommunale Galerie, Berlin and FO.KU.S, Innsbruck
2017a.fair, Cosar HMT, Düsseldorf
Edition 12-21, Me Collectors Room, Berlin
Drive Drove, The Moving Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska
2016Retinal Burn, Eboran Gallery, Salzburg, Austria
Edition 12-21, Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf
Blossom Splendor, New Gallery of the House Beda, Bitburg
2014Animals in Contemporary Photography, Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation, Berlin
Porcelain: Breaking Tradition, Art Mûr, Montréal and Québec
How long is now?, Foto-Raum, Vienna
2012Smashing!, Benyamini Contemporary Ceramic Art Centre, TelAviv
Lost Paradise, Mönchehaus Museum, Goslar
Wild, The Moving Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska
LOOK3 Festival, Charlottesville, Virginia
2011Time in Photography, Bieler Fototage, Switzerland
Flowers - Time, Death and Beauty, FO.KU.S, Innsbruck
FLOWERS - Contemporary Photography, Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation, Berlin
Paper framed behind Glass, COSAR HMT, Düsseldorf
2010Traveling without Moving, Cosar HMT, Düsseldorf
Beauty - Flowers in Photography, Alexander Ochs, Beijing
2009Revisiting Landscape & Still Life, Bafa Foto, Geneva
Changing Sides, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf
Decline and Fall, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco
2008Gallery Howard House, Seattle
Galeria Xavier Fiol, Palma de Mallorca
Querdenker, Darmstadt Days of Photography, Eugen-Bracht-Haus, Darmstadt
LADA, Cotton Mill, Leipzig
2007Air - poetic qualities and turbulent highlights, Air Museum Amberg
The art of collecting, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf
2005the nature of skin, Kunsthaus Hamburg
2001BFF Congress, Willi Brandt House, Berlin
Reinhard Wolf Prize, Museum of Design, Hamburg
2000Parallel Worlds, Dortmund
NEU, old post office sorting office, Düsseldorf
Humankind, Expo 2000, Hanover
Speed dating

Martin Klimas turns some visual habits upside down with his high-speed photography, because the viewer gets to see things that the human eye would not recognize in real time. Spectacularly, he sabotages still life as a genre. The arrangement of flowers in vases made of glass, earthenware or clay still follows tradition. Only the essence of the vanitas representation the photographer takes literally. It is not only symbolic: after all, the flower as the main motif, which is subject to withering, is not directly affected, in contrast to the vase, which is dramatically broken. The active process of transformation is only visible because a steel ball shatters the vessel with an exposure time of a 7,000th of a second. The shooting equipment is located in the studio, where Klimas arranges the anonymous background in color to match the picture ensemble. The camera is triggered by means of a light barrier. The proverbial snapshot conveys anything but stillness - but the flower, the epitome of beauty and also of transience, is shown here in its most perfect being, while everything around it perishes in the greatest chaos. The viewer, of course, knows what the flower is blooming. Other series are similarly dynamic, such as the "Porcelain figurines". Martin Klimas lets porcelain objects fall from the ceiling so that they shatter on impact with the floor and jump back up again - at this moment the camera captures the scene: in a frozen or sublime moment the destruction of the old and the temporary, fractal new creation lie close together. All this would not be perceived by the human eye. Nor is there sufficient responsiveness to trigger the camera by hand. If Klimas has developed a special technique for the still lifes, he becomes inventive with other groups of images. In a series of photos of birds of prey, he let the animals soar until they, too, pass a light barrier and virtually take a selfie. The result against the monochrome-gray background scenery are scenes of absolute power, infinite calm, and the greatest tension. Just such staged pieces of nature, which seem to be thrown out of reality, the natural environment, lead us to the state of threat to our environment or nature we live in, without actually being able to see it. In the service of pure light imaging - the old term for photography - are cycles such as the "Polarizations", in which the artist directs polarized light onto transparent foils. Only the exposure liberates the entire color spectrum from the transparency of the motif. In other works, Klimas consistently lets the color dance. In his "Sonic Sculptures," he pours pigments onto a flat surface under which he lets loud music boom through loudspeakers and a membrane: this creates random choreographies somewhere between Carl Orff and Miles Davis.
Schloss Dätzingen / D-71120 Grafenau
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Opening hours
Wednesday – Friday 11 – 18.30
Saturday 11 – 16
or by appointment
Kleiner Schlossplatz 11 / D-70173 Stuttgart
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Opening hours
Tuesday – Friday 11 – 19
Saturday 11 – 17
or by appointment

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