A Mind of Winter
“One must have a mind of Winter to regard the frost and the boughs of the pine-trees crusted with snow […]”, is the first line in the poem “The Snow Man” by American poet Wallace Stevens. The eponymous quote for the exhibition sets the atmosphere that John Zurier’s new works inhabit. For his exhibition in Berlin, John Zurier presents a group of large-format and small-scale paintings.
The works incorporate the artist’s experiences during the winter last year when he spent time in the home of a friend in Reykjavik. Light was scarce since the daylight lasted only four hours and most of the lamps in the apartment did not work. After some time Zurier began to appreciate that lack of light, and took in the beauty of the darkness of this deep winter. He developed a “mind of winter”. The rare, snow-filtered, grainy light that fell through the windows influenced many of the works on display in the exhibition.