Bernhard Sachs

Bernhard Sachs is deservedly renowned for his massive charcoal drawings; images from another time, dark and brooding, almost Gothic or Kafka-esque in their shadowy, labyrinthine portrayals of architectural motifs and dark mis-en-scenes. But this is only an aspect of a diverse practice that includes drawing in many media and formats, painting, photography, etching, installation.
It is almost unavoidable to be struck by the intensity of Sachs’ imagery, as though there is a driving physical force meeting a deep and melancholy intellectualism. His work appears obsessive, and indeed, it is. Meeting the artist, one is immediately struck by similar impressions; Sachs is an intense man with an almost glowering appearance of
dark eyes and serious demeanour. But it doesn’t take long to realize that the intensity of intellectual discourse is met with a wonderfully self-deprecating humour.
Sachs has conducted his practice nationally and internationally since 1977. During this time, he has been awarded numerous grants and residencies including at the Cité International des Arts in Paris, France (1990) and P.S.1, the Institute of Contemporary Art, New York, USA (1993-94). Sachs has curated numerous exhibitions in Melbourne, and is the instigator and driving force behind the ongoing project, ‘Office of Utopic Procedures’.