"A bustling park of the type that can be envisaged in almost any city: people meet here, stroll with friends across the grass, walk across the site with their dogs or cross it by bike. Again and again, Daniel Mohr (*1976, Bad Hersfeld) has staged his park scenes as a setting for people to come together.
With their delicately applied light shades of color, Mohr's works at times appear like membranes. It seems as though one can penetrate the depths of his works with one's eyes, without encountering any resistance. However, at the same time the two-dimensional rendition of the pictorial elements cause us to linger on the outer skin of the picture carrier. Correspondingly, the gaze oscillates between spatial experience and a perception of the two-dimensional surface.
The Impressionists showed how it can be done by taking popular destinations for excursions such as La Grenoullière or La Grande Jatte as their starting point, in order to give vent to their artistic interests using the unrestrained amusements of the leisure-oriented society.
A closer look at the specific details of the pictures shows that the real movement in these works not only results from the chosen motif but equally as much from the way the motifs have been depicted.
Significantly, it is possible to perceive the increase and decrease of the levels of brightness in his paintings directly, as each individual value borders on the next in the form of a compact geometric area, whether in concentric circles or in a grid of horizontal or vertical, wide strips of colour lined up next to one another. The pattern comprised of repetitive basic forms allows the two-dimensionally oriented elements of these pictures to come to the fore, while on the other hand the play of light between the repetitive shapes gives the works their depth.
Here, where the issue is not only the what of the representation but above all the how of the method of depiction, one can speak of self-conscious painting. It is aware of its means and hence of its potential and limitations."
(Text Jonas Beyer)
On the occasion of the exhibition a catalogue is published at Kerber Verlag.
Opening: May 7, 7-9 pm