Chris Berens


mixed media on panel
26 x 18 cm 2022

Johannes is an astronomer. A lover of the immense as well as the immensely small. He is obsessed with magnificent subjects like the weather and the solar system and can suddenly be absorbed by a seemingly insignificant insight like how to economically stack watermelons.

When asked where this obsession came from, Johannes reminisces: “As a child, my mother showed me a great comet in the sky and a few nights later my father took me out at night to see a lunar eclipse. At that moment, looking up at the sky, I discovered that the planets in the solar system have oval-shaped orbits. If I’m not mistaken, I was also right then and there the first to correctly explain how earthlings see. Oo, a snowflake. See how perfectly hexagonal symmetrical its shape? Wouldn’t that be a perfect occasion to extend the discussion into a hypothetical atomistic physical basis for the symmetry.”

JOHANNES has a wide range of interests. Thinking of one thing one moment and the next thing the next, may make him seem untrustworthy or flaky or even weird, but in fact it enables him to see connections no one ever made before. It permits him to think outside the box, color outside the lines.

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