Au 7e ciel – Bernhard Lang
Is there an artistic demiurge in the universe? This is always a sensitive question often brought up by the general public causing confuse in the aspects of science, philosophy and religion. It can easily remind us of the famous book of Stephen Hawking: “The Grand Design”. Certainly, art can not explain everything, but sometimes, according to Nietzsche, when science encouters unknown, art will appear abrutly at the extrem point. Art helps us to understand the unkown world better, especially when it comes to the subconscious level. It is the charm of art, and is also the essence of photographer Bernhard Lang’s works.
Bernhard Lang is born in 1970, in Federal Republic of Germany. After the photograph apprenticeship at Photostudio Anker, he began his photograph career as an assistant photographer, with the accumulation of experience and the professional capabilities, Lang persisted his practice as always and gradully developed a broad horizen and an extraodinarily creative view. From 2010, Bernhard launched the project “Aerial Views”. It is a serie of brilliant works, which are taken from the aerial view of coal mines, beaches and harbours, presented usual human behaviours with unusual angle of views. This year, the photos taken from the Adratic coast between Rayenna and Rimini won one of the most influential awards of the photography industry – “Sony World Photography Awards”.
“The view of a bird’s eye exposes the fact that we human beings are just tiny and vulnerable creatures, we are not who we think we are. ” said Lang. “ Tiny and vulnerable creatures”, what an excellent comparison! In his opinion, we create, we obeserve, we suffer, however at the same time, we are also being created, observed, suffered by the myterious eyes from somewhere above the seventh sky. What an ironic but realistic drama!
The solo exhibition in Galerie Liusa Wang is composed by the photos from the serie “Aerial Views”, which are seneries of the opencast brown coal mine called “Tagebau Hambach” located in the state of North Rhine – Westphalia, Germany. Every piece of work shows coal mine large to 35 kilometers, they make Lang the first artist who takes inspiration from Tagebau Hambach coal mine. The huge reclaimers are like “monsters” in the simple and cold surrounding, with thousands of miles of coal soil, present us the perfect astonishing natural beauty without any efforts. From those photos, we are about to witness the secret power from the universe with our actual eye!