On View: November 6 – November 29, 2020
“Geometry is the foundation of all painting,” said Albrecht Durer. The same, apparently, is true of photography and the photographer’s artful eye.
In her second solo show this year, Kathryn Mohrman refines her vision of the world’s geometry. She has traveled far and wide and the locations are clear, but a concentration on structure in every case defamiliarizes her images. Sometimes, as with Blue Mosque or Metallic Stairway, this dislocation is so pronounced as to achieve an extraordinarily beautiful formalism. In others, like Hallway, Eastern State Penitentiary and Oakland Bay Bridge, a hard-to-define disorientation reinforces the emotional content of the photograph.
“We live in a world of geometry, shapes and repetitions,” Mohrman says. “All you have to do is stand a little askew to see something completely surprising.”