Luce Gallery presents Astonishing Alterations for the Anterograde Amnesic. Where Peter Mohall will present new paintings and sculptures from his ongoing series.
The Brushstrokes painting series where the compositions are made through a plurality of identically molded brushstrokes, is an examination of the aesthetic consequences of repetition. Recently, the series have evolved into included not only multiplied identical brushstrokes, but also, almost identical. Videlicet the same brushstrokes but different in form and length, a reference to digital painting, where you control the gesture, but are limited to a constant group of brushtools.
The Flat Gradient Painting series, is build up by around 10-12 thin layers of paint. Each layer is painstakingly painted in oil, smoothed out to a flat surface with soft gradations without visible brush marks, over painted alternately with gestural brushwork of melted wax and new layers of oil. Finally the wax is melted again and peeled of. Wax on, wax off. The underlying layers become visible through forms of gestural brushstrokes. In the age of digital imaging, painting by erasing is a common approach in photoshop; making layers visible by erasing on the overlying layer. This series translate the digital working method to the traditional analogue medium of oil painting. Close up, the awareness of craftsmanship is exposed to the viewer. In he first layer of oil you can see the texture of the cotton canvas, which has fade and disappeared at the top layers. Around the edges of the brushstrokes you can also see the build-up walls of layers surrounding the brushstroke. The sculpture series Ab-x, incorporates the abdominal training devices "Ab-rollers", known from TV-shopping. These are being altered by being assembled in the wrong way and, in most cases, a merge of several pieces.
The title "Ab-x" suggests a fictive catchy trademark for abdominal training devices and also a reference to abstract expressionism. The form is designed to fit and support the natural movement of the body, and there is a conceivable parallel in the shape of the steel structure to the gestural language of the brushstrokes in abstract painting, the paintbrush as an extension of the arm. Both gestures are fixed and limited to the relation of the human body.
Though addressing painting in a sculptural form the series also comment on modern lifestyle with body ideal, self-improvement and TV shopping as a phenomena.
Peter Mohall was born in Loddekopinge, Sweden. He lives and works in Nesoddtangen, Norway. The exhibition is Mohall's second soloshow at the gallery. Recent exhibitions includes Vestjyllands kunstpavillon, Videbaek (DK), Kh7Artspace, Aarhus (DK), Pablo's Birthday, NYC (US) in 2018. And L21gallery, Palma (ES), QBgallery Oslo (NO), Galleri Benoni, Copenhagen (DK), Barum Kunsthall, Fornebu (NO), Huset for Kunst og Design, Holstebro (DK), Armory Show, NYC (US), Soyuz, Pescara (IT) in 2017.