THE RAWNESS OF NORTHERN ONTARIO MEETS THE FIERY PALETTES OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC IN NEW ART EXHIBIT
May 6 - June 17
The Alex Dufresne Gallery in Callander is pleased to host “New Works”, a solo exhibition by local artist Jürgen Mohr. Two geographical areas have had a strong influence on his work, the landscape of Northern Ontario, which he has called home since 1975, and the Dominican Republic, the country of origin for his wife.
Mohr uses the phrase “the rawness of Northern Ontario” in his artist statement which explores the numinous, an idea of something visible or invisible creating a specific state or sense of consciousness, and its relation to the supernatural quality of nature. From the calm splendor of starry nights to the primordial energy of Duchesnay Falls, he explains,
“Perhaps I am talking about a wilderness within where vitality and the grand mystery are projected out onto everyday life and in particular to special landmarks like this. The experience of being present there is important to me; trying to render the scene realistically on canvas is not.” He has sensed this same primal and mystical quality in the Dominican Republic and is influenced by the “fiery use of colour” that is found everywhere – from the many murals on buildings to the tropical vividness of the birds and flowers.
French philosopher Jean-Francois Lyotard states, “The only way to present what is conceivable, but not representable, is abstraction” and this is a concept that local artist Mohr reflects. In resisting the pull of non-objective art and naturalism, he has focused on figurative abstraction.
“Most of the time I try to imagine a figurative solution to what I am doing. In the same way that the breath is the foundation for human existence, the human form as architecture is one of the best foundations for human expression,” Mohr says.
If you look closely at some of the pieces that are included in the exhibit, you will notice a series of symbols that are integrated in the painting. This is a personalized alphabet that he created and has incorporated in many of his paintings and some sculptures especially during past exhibitions. The idea stemmed from an assignment Mohr heard from another instructor while working at Canadore College between 1975 and 1980 – to create a new letter for the alphabet. This idea stuck with him and rather than simply creating a 27th letter, he imagined a different alphabet as well.
The Alex Dufresne Gallery is pleased to welcome “New Works” to its’ gallery walls and we hope you will join us, and the artist, at the opening reception on Saturday May 6th from 2 – 4pm at 107 Lansdowne St. E. in Callander. It is located in the same building as the Callander Bay Heritage Museum and museum admission will be free during the reception. Please find us on Facebook for more information, phone us at 705-752-2282 or email us at . The exhibit will remain on display until June 17 and we are open Tuesday – Saturday from 10-5. We hope to see you there!
Callander Bay Heritage Museum & Alex Dufresne Gallery
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