Fabian und Claude Walter Galerie

Frank Schramm: Plane Sights (Kabinett)

Frank Schramm: Plane Sights (Kabinett)

the concorde after takeoff three miles from jfk international airport new york, april 26, 1993 by frank schramm

Frank Schramm

The Concorde after takeoff three miles from JFK International Airport New York, April 26, 1993, 1993

Thursday, March 6, 2014Saturday, March 29, 2014

Rämistrasse 18
Zurich, Switzerland

Frank Schramm
Plane Sights


Opening: Thursday 6 March 2014, 6 – 8 pm
Duration of exhibition 7 – 29 March 2014

This series of work began in August 1989 and was inspired by the early aviation photographs by the French photographers André Kertész and Jacques-Henri Lartigue.

My pursuit was to chase down the landings and takeoffs of “heavies” of, contemporary commercial aircraft, as they lift their massive bodies into and out of the sky. L-1011′s, DC-10′s, A-300′s, 747′s, and the Concorde.

My obsession began at JFK international Airport and included La Guardia, Newark, Miami, Ronald Regan National Airport, Washington DC, Charles de Gaulle, Paris, and Kloten, Zurich.

As a child, traveling on highways and witnessing low flying jets cruising noisily very close overhead near Newark Airport on road trips to New York City with my family, I was captivated by the catapulting of an oversize machine bigger than a large house shadowing over our car as we passed through tollbooth near the airport.

Later, after a year into the project, I began to realize that machines where flying all the time over my head…. I wondered about the mysteries of what was going on inside these fuselage bodies catapulted into the skies flying over 500 miles an hour. At times I felt like I owned the sky, and the more times I stood under these gigantic machines, the more obsessed I became about witnessing the frequency with which these fragile bodies of aviation occupied the spaciousness of the sky.

This series "Plane Sights" (1989-1993) was exhibited at the Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne (CH) in 1995 and is part of the collections of many institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum in New York; Los Angeles County Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris.

Frank Schramm