Daniel Lergon at Andersons #art
Artist: Daniel Lergon
Venue: Anderson’s, Copenhagen
Exhibition Title: Rost
Date: August 23 – October 20, 2012
Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.
Images courtesy of Anderson’s, Copenhagen
Approximately 2,5 billion years ago, accelerated photosynthesis amongst early life forms led to increased
levels of available oxygen, whereas previously only small quantities of free oxygen (O2 ) existed in the earth’s
The new abundance of oxygen was initially absorbed by minerals in the early oceans, most notably in the
form of oxidized iron. Once those metals became fully oxidized, the remaining free oxygen began to release
into the atmosphere.
This led to the so-called “Oxygen Catastrophe” – fatal for early methane-based life forms. Occurrences of
‘mass-rusting’ in the oceans deposited banded iron formations, amassing the largest iron ore resources of
The exhibition, Rost , debuts 9 works painted with water on pulverized iron applied to canvas. The technique
continues Daniel Lergon’s formal practice of painting with transparent, non-pigmented media on loaded
surfaces, his use of water in this case encouraging the iron to oxidize.
Until recently, Lergon’s practice explored the physical potential of light and reflection upon surface,
applying transparent varnishes to a variety of light-sensitive fabrics.
Lergon’s intervention has now transitioned to a chemical modulation of the surface, signaling a deviation
from his former interpretations that manifested the physical properties of light.
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