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The Quest for Tranquil Space: Paintings and Photograms

Works by Josef Achrer

NO in the Forest No. 39, Josef Achrer. A tent and trees stand before a lake, which reflects the trees and the mountains in the background

NO in the Forest No. 39, 2019-2020. Acrylic on canvas, 230 x 270 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

On the way to paradise No. 4, Josef Achrer,  a grid with brightly colored and mirrored forest imagery

On the Way to Paradise No. 4, 2021. Acrylic on canvas, 260 x cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Searching for shelter No. 3, Josef Achrer. A big cat walks across a mirrorlike surface in front of a tent in a forest. In the background, a large city rises from behind the trees.

Searching for Shelter No. 3, 2021. Photogram on paper, 140 x 200 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Josef Achrer’s paintings are a documentary about human society which seeks its lost concentration in the new, infomanic world. Massive amounts of information are hard to decipher and we thus often change our positions. Sometimes we keep our minds open and devour information, at other times we hide from information, trying not to perceive anything. Alternatively, we take the path of cognizant critical thinking and we classify information, taking it in, creating and protecting it, each according to his or her own configuration. Information in our lives changes everything. It is at the beginning of journeys, at the creation of everything new as well as what remains of us in the world after we are gone.