In my early childhood, I intentionally looked at folds in bed sheets or cracks in ceilings to find people or animals in them; I was seeking meaning out of chaos where there was none. Conversely, I began to draw from synchronicity, or what can be referred to as meaningful coincidences, which has been helping guide my life since my mid-20s. I perceive the schizophrenic phenomenon of apophenia and the destiny—oriented experiences of divine serendipity to be on a continuum, with the former acting like a red herring and the ladder alluding to a higher truth. My spirituality is a major inspiration, represented through semiotic representation rendered in paint, assemblage, and fabric sculpture.
Dario Mohr is a painter, assemblage and installation artist. He is a Brooklyn, NY based artist born in 1988. Mohr combines nostalgic personal objects of varying heights with found materials to form shrines. These occupy the space in varying ways, leaning against walls, hanging from the ceiling, and existing as free standing sculptures with an architectural aesthetic. They also contain altars with organic offerings, symbolically designating them as devotional objects. Although created from a personal vantage point, the work functions publicly to open the audience’s perspective to ways they can reimagine nostalgic objects as symbols for memories, people, and experiences that can take on a spirituality of their own when revered in a way that is decontextualized from religion.