Holger Mohaupt, “I See What You Like”

Our next exhibition at Fidra Fine Art features the smartphone photographic work of German artist, Holger Mohaupt. Set in our everyday landscape, Holger’s cleverly observed narratives elevate commonplace experiences into engaging stories. His work invigorates a sometimes austere world thoughtfully and aesthetically.

The title of the exhibition “I See What You Like” is a playful hint at the curation of the show. All the images on display are “likes” from the artist’s Facebook page, which he has been regularly feeding with his distinct imagery of his every day experiences for the past five years – social media acting as a new form of participatory curation.

To contrast with Holger’s handprinted digital photographs is a small series of portrait etchings by the Aberdeen artist John Bulloch Souter (1890-1972). These pieces, created around one hundred years ago using a process more laborious than the relatively instantaneous digital techniques of today, invites the viewer to consider the changes in aesthetics, processes and how art is consumed and enjoyed today.

A third strand to this exhibition is a video installation titled, ‘Private View’ which is hosted in the St Andrew Blackadder Parish Church on the High Street in North Berwick. Here Holger again is engaging in a dialogue, this time with memory and landscape. The video projection in the main hall of the church was inspired by the memorial benches in and around the seaside town in East Lothian. The peace and tranquility of the church invites the visitor to contemplate and reflect beyond the every day.

Holger describes this work as, “…a call for dialogue. A dialogue between personal landscapes and the psychogeography of the everyday, with his smartphone as a walking stick.”

“I See What You Like” at Fidra Fine Art, will open with a Preview on Friday 27th October from 6-8pm and will continue Saturdays and Sundays open 12-5pm until 16 November. Midweek appointments are very welcome.

“Private View” video installation at St Andrew Blackadder Parish Church will run from 28 October to 26 November open Monday to Friday 9am-2pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm.