UNFOLDING CONSTELLATIONS




Space drawing, 5,5 x 7,5 x 4 m, various carbonized wooden strips, 2016
Cabinet with various carbonized objects, 2012-2016
Carbonized folding rulers, 25 x 25 x 25 cm each, 2011
Charcoal collumn juxtaposing exhibition architecture, diameter 60 cm, 2016


Group exhibition "Unfolding Constellations", curated by Eva Scharrer
Center of Contemporary Art, Torun, Poland , Berlin, 5 February - 3 April 2016
Photo: Anna Tuschik


Ulrike Mohr´s artistic approach utilizes material transformation processes that are influenced not only by complex researche and handed-down knowledge, but also by chance occurrences. Her position as a sculptor arises from the observation of nature and a process-oriented treatment of context-related materials, which she transfers into poetic installations whose temporal dimensions are intrinsic to ephemeral substances. Over the past years, the burning of char has become a central modus operandi in her work. This now almost extinct profession of gradually heating wood in the absence of air until it is rendered physically constant is practiced by the artist herself, taking into account the various historical, cutural, environmental and metaphorical implications associated with carbon. Mohr refers to her works as „spatial drawings“ - drawings made with charcoal, one of the oldest drawing materials, not applying pigment on paper, but manifest as lines in three-dimensional space. Her rotating charcoal column responds to one of the characteristic architectural features of CoCa Torun (though one which is most often disguised by the built-in exhibition design), while the new spacial drawing Carbon 0112358 playfully refers to the Fibonacci ratio. While previous installations focused on the natural property of the material, like the traces of growth visible in different kinds of wood that she mosty collects on site, the artist here used industrially cut timber beans to achieve a more minimalist aesthetic.
Eva Scharrer, 2016