February 2, 2011 – February 26, 2011
Werner Bartsch's 'Desert Birds' depict the aerospace storage bases in the south-west of the USA which are strictly sealed off from the outside world. For this project doors were only opened exceptionally. In his pictures he illustrates the fascination of these places and focuses the strange and bizarre appearance of the disused airplanes in the expanse of the barren desert. In contrast to the activity of an airport one feels the isolation here. Instead of materials like steel, glass and concrete there are only sand, stones and some blades of grass. The contradictoriness between the airplanes as objects and the context of the desert creates new perspectives: like imposing metal sculptures the airplanes adapt themselves to the impassable area becoming artworks unintentionally.