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Johannes Groht


My new book, "The Invisible Web", is presenting 50 kosmographys. This term derives from the old greek words kósmos: universe, order, und gráphein: delineation, description, drawing. I‘m using it for my pictures of random, natural structures which for me seem to be self-portraits of the cosmos.

Stars, heavenly bodies, comets and neurons, weblike structures or strange seeds appear in deep, black spaces, which oscillate between micro- und macrocosm. The pictures seem to deal with current scientific discourses about the brainlike, intergalactic web or findings of extraterrestrial biological entities the stratosphere.

Surprisingly they don‘t really show celestial bodies, but surfaces of our daily life: road markings and crosswalks. It‘s the old photographic process of inverting the pictures into negatives which is used to transform the banal into the enigmatic. An inspiring approach to questions of philosophy, representation and the thinking in analogys – like the hermetic law „as above, so below“.

First, limited edition of 42 copies
handnumbered and signed
Hamburg, Germany, 2016
50 full colour plates
100 pages, 171 x 297 mm
open thread-stitching
40 Euro (D) | 50 $ (elsewhere, plus shipping costs)

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Johannes Groht


Das Tor von Elea – The Gate Of Elea – is a picture of 9 m width, printed on one single sheet. The "pages" are accordion-fold and span out 12,7 m when laid out. They lie loose and removable in a sturdy cover.

The picture shows the frame of a rusty gate that I found at the foot of the ruins of the ancient greek city of Elea. I call it kosmography, because it's appearance derives primarily from chance, erosion and sunlight.

It's like a self-portrait of the surrounding volcanic landscape of the Cilento, Southern Italy, and surprisingly associated with the work of Parmenides of Elea, the greek philosopher, who lived and teached here once.

Limited edition of 21 handnumbered and signed copies
Hamburg, Germany, 2015
Leporello, 1.274 x 21 cm, accordion-fold to 29,7 x 21 cm
loose in cover with laser engraving, 30 x 21 cm
main picture 944 x 14,8 cm, plus three more, smaller pictures
Printed in four-colour on LuxoArt Samt 150 g/qm
99 € (D) | 120 $ (elsewhere, plus shipping costs)

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Johannes Groht

Im Tal der Zeichen
Kosmografien aus dem Schams

"In the valley of signs": Black lines, meandering, gathering and knotting, winding to signs, shaping figures, faces, fighting scenes and landscapes – calligraphy? Rock art? Abstract expressionism?

The black lines are marks of repair works on the streets of a alpine swiss valley, called the Schams. Where frost and heat afflict the tarmac, the cracks get fixed with hot asphalt.

These repainted fractures are isolated from photographs and remain as abstract forms. Their picture-language is surprisingly complex. They are correlated with questions of nature, art and philosophy.

Limited edition of 50 handnumbered and signed copies
with one original print
Hamburg, Germany, 2014, 14,8 x 21 cm, 348 pages,
black and white pictures
open thread-stitching
C-Print, 14,3 x 20,3 cm, Fujicolor Professional, handnumbered and signed on the rear, in glassine cover
68 € (D) | 90 $ (elsewhere, plus shipping costs)

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