Decline of Intimacy – 2019
The Decline of Intimacy features site-specific installations that seek to manifest the role of technology and other vehicles that often lead to distance in communication, miscommunication and a conscious or unconscious effort and opportunity to present what one might think is a “better self” in physical image and general self; resulting in what Mosler perceives as a general trend toward a Decline of Intimacy in our society.
The sculpture patinas developed by Mosler for this new body of work include techniques of pealing and revealing of layers beneath, crumbling and bubbling textures glazes, other materials and paint flowing together all reference the natural cycle of destruction, transformation and rebirth in our organic system and seeks each of us to question oneself and our surroundings regarding what is artificial vs natural as well as reality vs representation.
Mosler weaves technology and mixed materials in his installations, including natural element signifiers such as; water, sand, glass, as a tool and opportunity to encourage each of us to have courage to embrace our authentic selves so that one may seek true intimacy with others.
As an example, the first installation displayed a series of works placed on podiums wrapped with an image of a calm rolling sea, and a large ten foot tall video simultaneously being displayed on a wall of a woman’s shoulders and head as she has a shower with a long stream of water flowing in slow motion down upon her. The works have strong figurative overtones with unusual surfaces offering the characterization of an individual emanating that persons’ complete truth. That truth offering the fullness of that persons’ life with all its good fortune, challenges, hurt, love and on; yet, with the naked truth displayed in the end each form has a fundamental sense of the beauty of all human beings. The water images intention is to evoke a sense of inevitable undulation and evolution for each individual.