About this exhibit
The "Ash Factories" is a part of a photographic project by Juraj Lipscher on the subject of Fire. The accompanying text is from the poem "The Bonfire," written in 1916 by American poet Robert Frost.
Mr. Lipscher has saught to depict the ovens as places where fire acts as the cleansing agent accelerating the natural proces of decay. In his work, he has endeavored to avoid the social and personal dimension of Death: the piety, the grief, the flowers and tears. Mr. Lipscher has concentrated his efforts on showing the solutions of postindustrial society to the problem of dead bodies -- the ovens, the control panels, the paraphernalia.
Mr. Lipscher has had extensive conversations with the men working the ovens. These were profound but also profane talks: We spoke of Death and of overheated workspace during summers; of carpe diem and of temperature curves during a cremation. What remains are the portraits of these proud men -- they are proud of doing a job the others would want to avoid. They know our weaknesses and they show it in their stances and their attitudes.
About the photographer
Juraj Lipscher, born in Prague (former Czechoslovakia) in 1948, living in Switzerland has been photographing since his twenties. His projects include industrial landscapes in both his old and his new home countries, children and childhood and urban photography. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Zurich, Switzerland.
The photographer’s website can be found at: www.lipscher.ch
2007 "Fotogeny of Identity, Memory of Czech Photography", in PRAGUE HOUSE of PHOTOGRAPHY, Prague, Czech Republic (In Preparation) Catalogue 2007 "Juraj Lipscher, Virginia Restain, Annet van der Voort" in LAFILATURE, Mulhouse, France 2005 Group exhibition in the Centre BATHYSCAPHE in Pommerit-le-Vicomte, Bretagne, France 2005 One Person exhibition "Genius Loci"in the Centre MOULIN de BLANCHARDEU in Lanvollon , Bretagne , France 2005 2 parallel group exhibitions in the Gallery FIDUCIA and in KOKSOVNA in Ostrava, Czech Republic 2004 One person exhibition "Construction of the Human Body" in the Gallery FIDUCIA in Ostrava, Czech Republic 2004 Group exhibition in the abandoned Coal Mine MICHEL in Ostrava, Czech Republic. 2004 Group exhibition in the GALLERY MLEJN in Ostrava, Czech Republic. 2003 Group exhibition in the abandoned Coal Mine MICHEL in Ostrava, Czech Republic. 2003 Group exhibition in the GALLERY ALTE KRONE in Biel, Switzerland. 2002 Group Exhibition in the Museum of the city of Mikulov, Czech Republic 2002 Nomination for the Prize of the Festival Off 2002. Slide show at the Festival-Off in Arles, France. 2001 Group exhibition "Faszination technik" in the Gallery AUF KAMPNAGEL, Hamburg, Germany. 2001 "Heterogene: Photographie (en) Suisse". Contemporary Swiss Photography. Slide show at the Festival-Off in Arles, France. 2001 "Carte Blanche", Slide-show at the Festival-Off by the gallery LA FILATURE in Arles, France. 2001 Selection 2000 vfg (Swiss Association of Professional Photographers). Group exhibition in various galleries in Zurich, Basle and Chur. 2001 Group exhibition in PHOTOFORUM PASQUART in Biel, Switzerland. Purchase of the series "Maternity Wards" by the City of Biel. 1999 Group Exhibition "Espèces d'espaces" in LA FILATURE in Mulhouse, France. 1998 One person exhibition in Messezentrum L'ENTRÉE in Basle, Switzerland. 1998 Group exhibition «Prix Michel Jordi de Photographie 1998» (2nd prize) in SAINT-GERVAIS Genève, un centre pour líimage contemporaine, in Geneva, Switzerland. 1997 Group exhibition in the GALLERY 4 in Cheb, Czech Republic. 1997 One person exhibition "Industrial Landscapes" in PHOTOFORUM FELDEGG in Zürich, Switzerland.
1999 Group exhibition "Espèces despaces" in LA FILATURE in Mulhouse, France.
1999 One person exhibition in Messezentrum LENTRÉE in Basle, Switzerland
1998 Group exhibition in PHOTOFORUM PASQUART in Biel, Switzerland
1998 Group exhibition «Prix Michel Jordi de Photographie 1998» (2nd. prize) in Saint-Gervais Genève, un centre pour limage contemporaine, in Geneva, Switzerland
1997 Group exhibition in the Gallery 4 in Cheb, Czech Republic
1997 One person exhibition «Industrial Landscapes » in PHOTOFORUM FELDEGG in Zürich, Switzerland
1996 Group exhibition «Self portraits» in Malá Galerie in Kladno, Czech Republic
1996 Group exhibition in the gallery PHOTOFORUM PASQUART in Biel, Switzerland
1996 One person exhibition in Malá Galerie in Kladno, Czech Republic
1996 Group exhibition «Le Monde du Silence»; VIe Grand Prix Photographique du Grand Passage 1995 in Geneva, Switzerland
Juraj Lipscher was the recipient of the Scholarship of the Cultural Foundation of the Union Bank of Switzerland for 1999
About the poet
Robert Frost (18741963)
Perhaps the most popular and beloved of 20th-century American poets, Frost wrote of the character, people, and landscape of New England. He was born in San Francisco in 1874, moved to New England at the age of eleven and became interested in reading and writing poetry during his high school years in Lawrence, Massachusetts. In 1912, he went to England, where he received his first acclaim as a poet. While in England, Frost also established a friendship with the poet Ezra Pound, who helped to promote and publish his work.
By the time Frost returned to the United States in 1915, he had published two full-length collections, A Boy's Will and North of Boston, and his reputation was established. By the nineteen-twenties, he was the most celebrated poet in America, and with each new book--including New Hampshire (1923), A Further Range (1936), Steeple Bush (1947), and In the Clearing (1962)--his fame and honors (including four Pulitzer Prizes) increased.
Though his work is principally associated with the life and landscape of New England, and though he was a poet of traditional verse forms and metrics who remained steadfastly aloof from the poetic movements and fashions of his time, Frost is anything but a merely regional or minor poet. The author of searching and often dark meditations on universal themes, he is a quintessentially modern poet in his adherence to language as it is actually spoken, in the psychological complexity of his portraits, and in the degree to which his work is infused with layers of ambiguity and irony.