22nd February, 2013    Text Trey Taylor   

The Lagerfeld muse is on display in a new exhibit at Galerie Gmurzynska. Appropriately titled Fire Etchings, the backlit glass pieces have been carved by fire. We have been unable to confirm if Karl was present during the etchings, though his sunnies have proved they can shield a fire or two. He has summoned key players from his rolodex of muses – models Freja Beha, Aymeline Valade, and rapper Theophilus London – who are burnt into latent memory.

The mono-pigmented triptychs are a nod to pop art, with Karl’s photography juxtaposed in comic book construction. Three images, side by side, show these stars on a surface level. Portraiture is something Karl has been exploring for some time, and these etchings prove he is a master of his craft.

Fire Etchings is on view from February 19 through March 23, 2013 at Galerie Gmurzynska St. Moritz, at Via Serlas 22, 7500 St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Photos courtesy of Arnaud Delalande/Galerie Gmurzynska