Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Shattering Porcelain Photography

Artist Martin Klimas is a photographer, who experiments with motion and the cause and effect in gravity. He drops porcelain figures from a height of three meters and then photographs them as they shatter. The camera is rigged to shoot by the sound of the impact. The result: razor-sharp images of disturbing beauty—temporary sculptures made visible to the human eye by high-speed photography technology. The porcelain statuette bursting into pieces isn't what really captures the attention; the fascination lies in the genesis of a dynamic figure that replaces the static pose. 

In contrast to the inertness of the intact kitsch figurines Klimas started out with, the photographs of their destruction possess a powerfully narrative character. In each photograph, Klimas shows the transformation of solid object into one that is in between, a temporary sculpture that comes together for a moment, creating a comforting notion that something beautiful can be created out of chaos.

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