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IntroductionOff the radar
In his series Off the Radar, Marc Trautmann portrays erstwhile aeronautic masterpieces in their elementary beauty: vulnerable and in some cases robbed of their commanding gear. The metallic reflections on their naked exteriors are one last shiny testament to the bygone technical precision. Their slow decay hides any traces of former airline signets or signatures, bonding them together in anonymity as though they were a rare breed.
The panoramic desert backdrop emphasizes their enormous dimensions and graceful lines; there is a resolute flash, as though these co-conspirators have collected here in peace and quiet away from their passengers.
But the dismantled doors seem to invite the curious onlooker to board the impressive machines that seem to stretch their wings leisurely to the sky. In the desert sands the one-time aeronautic icons no longer depend on anyone marveling at the engineering feat of their oversized structure. They evoke no pity but rather respect for the former capabilities and capacities that have now become monuments to the history of technology.
In the Mojave Desert Trautmann was faced with an unusual scenario: scrapped Lockheeds, disassembled Boeings, ransacked TriStars, jet planes without noses. The planes have staked their claim here in the desert, stubbornly defying their inevitable decay. Planes from around America will someday take-off on their last flights; here under the glaring sun they find their final landing strip. Trautmann’s title Off the Radar seems rather to mourn these machines’ disappearance from airports around the world than to relinquish them to nature for good.
1960er Born in Frankfurt a.M., Deutschland 1987-1990 Studies of photography 1989 Journey to Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras 1990 Studies of photography at the New York University, NY, USA 1994 Assistant of Annie Leibovitz 2000 Journey to Asia, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia 2002 Journey with Sven Väth to Japan 2004 Videoproject Mindgames 2006 Project Landscapes in Patagonien, Argentina Photoproject Off the radar 2007 Skylineproject Tigercities vs Neue Welt 2009 Fotoproject secret areas, an Illustration of Paul Virillos Guerre et cinemaExhibitions
2008 Off the radar, Kirsten Roschlaub Gallery, Triennale der Fotografie, Hamburg, Germany 2007 Off the radar, Kunstverein Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, Germany