ISLANDIAGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac
20 January -- 24 February 2007
Islandia exposes the genetics and behavior of technology, using refrigeration, chemicals, insects, corporations and a trash can among other left-overs as a way to mirror and diagram the push/pull of physics. Sachs is interested in acts of displacement, where one thing, person or company overrides or attempts to consume another. In paintings and sculptures of CHLORDANE and COMBAT, Sachs magnifies the common warnings found on these packages. Repeated as a hand-written label, the warnings appear even more naïve and illustrate man's vain efforts to defy nature.
In the painting, Raytheon, Sachs has encased the company's mission statement in a wood frame. Raytheon, (which means "light of the gods,") is a leading defense contractor, responsible for guided missiles since 1948, including the Patriot, Maverick, Sidewinder and Tomahawk. As Sachs says: "Raytheon is about human eradication and intolerance, which is also what the Holocaust was about. Advertising has a way of ignoring that reality, telling us to buy the product and everything will be fine, but it doesn't talk about cause and effect."
In re-presenting common items, like a refrigerator, an air-conditioner, a New York City trash can, and a Hooter's menu, Sachs stages these objects not only as visual propaganda, but as an indication of a failed promise. But what should that promise have been and why are we left with such degradation? As Sachs reveals, in a world that's no longer analog, "human traces have been erased."- Download Download Press Release (PDF, 1 pp., updated 01.24.07)