Michael Dohr - Installation view Chelsea College_London


The work of Austrian artist 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 manipulating nature on our path towards a digital and technological society. We seem to be right in the middle of a transitional period that is characterized by a dissolution of the organic on behalf of exponential technological progress.

In his work he reflects on this erosion of nature by creating landscapes depicting an ongoing process that involves notions of organic growth, change or materiality. Dohr uses casting moulds made of silicone to create a connection between the organic appearance of the silicone and the concept of an artificial replication of nature. 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 modern society exerts on natural systems. The artist creates rockets that could as well be interpreted as trees or nuclear fuel rods that might be regarded as rod bacteria.

In a process of imitating and simplifying natural structures, patterns or creatures and undermining their organic origin by using building materials such as plaster, insulation boards or silicone Dohr creates speculative worlds caught between an organic past and a technological future.