Aether I Ether
Gallery Openings—15 Sep 2023, 6 to 9 PM
Daniel Mohr’s (1976*, Bad Hersfeld, Germany) works in the exhibition Aether start from the tradition of still life, inventing their own dimension of Natura Morta, in which space and subject interweave and unite to form an aetheric entity.
The idea of ether as a hypothetical substance for basis of light propagation is based on a 17th century thesis. The medium enables the permeation of all space, its essential quality is to reattribute the distant forces to proximate forces, that occur in the description of nature.
Thus, the ether is defined as a link for forces such as pressure and movement from one matter to another.
Mohr’s oeuvre seems move in this medium, sharp and yet fractured by the light of the moment, the works themselves appear like light fracturing surfaces which enables the viewer a glance at luminous, partially amorph Reality.
“Daniel Mohr’s paintings are of a strangely lucid atmosphere. Strange, because his bright pictures, on canvas or paper, do not match our idea of contemporary images—far too common seems a surreal world painted in dark colours. Light itself can rather be found there, where the subject is not related to reality; being either abstract or adapted from digitally constructed images.”
Eugen Blume, In Light again (Kat. Zurück zur Natur, 2006)