10/02/2017 – 02/04/2017
For the photographic pictures of Jan Mahr (*1977) depiction of ordinary household things on white background is significant. However, this simple description cannot grasp their specific form or ambiguous content. In the Soft (2008) series the author created various compositions from drugstore goods (cotton buds etc.), approaching to lyrical abstraction. The Synthetic (2010) series is another „portrait of things“, not in compositions anymore, but on their own, letting the artifacts to fill almost whole surface of the picture (using here the term pictorial is quite on purpose, for he had studied painting for a long time).
Mahr´s photographs embody issues like advertisement photography and its marketing production, consumption, personal aesthetic of things and everyday poetry.
The author lives and works in České Budějovice, he is a high school teacher in Český Krumlov.
Annotation: Kateřina Štroblová