ROLF SACHS

Рольфа Сакса
롤프 삭스
ロルフ・ザックス
רולף סאקס
罗尔夫·萨克斯
رولف ساكس

neon immersion

ROLF SACHS

source: designboom
often employing neon, a light source which is frequently considered to be harsh and jarring, rolf sachs continues to engage the medium in his work as seen in the london-based aritst’s latest pieces: ‘gas washer’, ‘neon immersion’ and ‘spüren’. what sparked sachs’ interest in wanting to work with neon was trying to find a way in which to mute the unpleasant properties of it and make it something warm and desirable. in this series of three sculptural lighting objects, we see him infusing everyday glassware with gas, in which he manipulates its intensity, while adding a particular sensitivity and poetry to each.

in ‘gas washer’ and ‘neon immersion’, sachs has removed functionally laboratory glassware from its scientific environment, drawing on their shape as an aesthetic asset.

in ‘spüren’, we see sachs transform a ordinary wooden console table into a sculptural work that explores the notion of sensory on various levels. the table features a steel tray on its surface containing earth and a neon sign which spells the world ‘spüren’(the germane word for describing activities of feeling, sensing and perceiving) illuminated by a glowing red light. this is protected by a glass sheet which hosts droplets of condensation. the user is invited to release the mounting vapour, and to touch the earth.
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source: 1oflimited
Rolf Sachs creates lighting objects from neon gas and glassware. Neon is considered a source of light for most as hard and coarse.

Rolf Sachs developed this process in three new products: the Neon Immersion, the Spuren, and the Gas Washer. He tries through these objects to use the properties of neon in warm and aesthetic objects.
Rolf Sachs was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, to Anne-Marie Faure and Gunter Sachs. The accomplished German industrialist, photographer, author and socialite descended from the well-known Sachs-Opel industrial families. Accomplished artist and designer, he is known for his distinctive multi-disciplinary approach. His body of work includes furniture and lighting, set design for opera and ballet, photography, architecture and interior design projects. Sachs’ work was initially inspired by the principles of minimalism. Restrained decoration, deconstructed right angles and sharp corners were the defining characteristics of his work, predominantly made from felt and solid wood – natural materials with a ‘soul’. His work, however, has progressed over the years, becoming more experimental and conceptual and therefore not as easily definable; he is inspired just as easily from a museum as from a hardware store or physics laboratory.
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source: rauwblognl
De Londense kunstenaar gebruikt het neon medium vaker in zijn werk maar weet het nu weer een stapje verder te brengen met de werken ‘gas washer’, ‘neon immersion’ en ‘spüren’. Sachs wilde de negatieve eigenschappen (hard en fel licht) uit de laten verdwijnen en het neon laten omschakelen naar een warme en fijne lichtsoort. Zijn nieuwe objecten weten dit te bereiken op een bijna sculpturale manier.

In de werken ‘gas washer’ en ‘neon immersion’ combineert hij deze gassen met glaswerk uit laboratoria. Hiermee neemt de intensiteit van het licht af en is de combinatie van wetenschappelijk glas en gas haast poëtisch.

Bij ‘Spüren’ gebruikt Sachs een houten tafel met daarop een stalen bak. Hierin is aarde verwerkt en is met neon het woord ‘Spuren’ aangebracht, het Duitse woord voor voelen en waarnemen. Hierop is een glazen plaat gelegd waar condens op ontstaat door de combinatie van warmte en vocht. De kijker/gebruiker komt op deze manier dichterbij ‘de aarde’ en heeft hier volgens Sachs meer gevoel mee.