installation configuration ( no sound, b/w). Collection: LIMA ( previous NIMk (Netherlands Media Art Institute)
The title 'Compositie met Strepen' ('Composition with Stripes'), almost involuntarily calls to mind the work of Piet Mondriaan... but when you see Thomas Mohr's 'Compositie met Strepen', you realise this artist's line of thought is far more complex. Mohr arranges four monitors into a closed 4-square block. Together they form a large screen, the background image of which is half white, half black. We then see black stripes moving vertically and horizontally across this white 'canvas', whereby the framed edges of the 4 monitors are also brought into this line-play composition. The movement of the lines increase in tempo until it seems as if they shoot from one monitor into the other, or rather that they appear to form a smooth, flowing entity. A 'video-Op Art' interpretion of Mondriaan; a rather over-the-top graduate from the school of Mondriaan, referring to our own time. Although Compositie Met Strepen follows a 'Mondriaanesque' line, it is not wholly ironic, but more a playful attempt to relate the neo-expressive, philosophical and artistic concepts of the 'real' Mondriaan to our present day, and express them in contemporary graphic terms.