Michael Dohr - Installation view Chelsea College_London


The work of Michael Dohr introduces a surprising visual vocabulary that draws its inspiration from the structures of the natural world as well as from the industrialized society that surrounds us. Dohr contemplates on the gradual process of influencing, controlling and imitating nature on our path towards a digital society. We seem to be right in the middle of a transitional period that is characterized by the dissolution of the organic on behalf of exponential technological progress. The physical world is increasingly being questioned and challenged by a new digital reality.

In these untrustworthy times the work of Dohr can be seen as a documentation of the transformative forces that are operating right in front of our eyes. In his landscapes the artist plays with notions of organic growth, change or materiality. During the working process he turns synthetic materials into seemingly organic things blurring the boundaries between the artificial and the natural world. By playing with double meanings and using a visual language that could relate to the organic and the technological world alike he tries to visualize the pressure our society exerts on natural systems.

In a process of imitating and simplifying natural structures, patterns or creatures and transferring them into a language of symbols and codes Dohr creates speculative worlds caught between an organic past and a digital future. His work has been included in the London Grads Now. 21 show at Saatchi Gallery (UK),  Late at Tate at Tate Britain online and Postcards from London at Villa Arson (FR). He was awarded the Frank Bowling Scholarship in 2020.