Julius Göthlin — W A V E L E N G T H


“A wavelength is a measure of distance between two identical peaks (high points) or troughs (low points) in a wave — a repeating pattern of traveling energy like light or sound.”

In W A V E L E N G T H, Julius Göthlin creates the desire to wake up amid the wavelengths betwixt high and low points that we constantly move back and forth from. Like currents in the sea, or wind in the trees one can also surmise this movement in the paintings. The minute details and artistry explore the dualism and discrepancy between the peaks of modern society. The meditative movement is pierced right through the high and low points by something that calls out for attention – a critique of the critique, a movement that perhaps too often cradles us into an insincere conviction of truth. With this pulsation I come to think of Symphony No. 94 written by Joseph Hayden, commonly known as the Surprise Symphony, in which he baffles the aristocratic audience with a sudden fortissimo that was sure to wake all who slumbered. The audience of today have buried their thought and mind in their smartphones, in desperate need of that sudden fortissimo.

Being interconnected and constantly filling all voids with meaningless (fake)-news, W A V E L E N G T H produces this very much needed anti-thesis of today. In western society we are nowadays predisposed to having it all, never experiencing the spikes and low points of life. The pulsation, or movement in the works by Julius Göthlin function as a filling fabric of the polarization of today, building a bridge over the void that steal our attention from what once was so important. News or fake news, climate change or denial, rich or poor, the dualism goes on for all eternity. W A V E L E N G T H is here to give meaning to all that which is pointless, with its spikes between the high and low points in the Creation as a commentary of the bizarre today, where everything is abundant. In the process of the airbrush-technique, Julius Göthlin never touches the canvas. Yet the trail of his thought and work is present. Once again, we all are called to ponder the dualism of life and art.

Valter Sydén

From left: Julius Göthlin, Modulated Space Frequency 8883 / Modulated Space Frequency 7443, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 180 x 130 cm
Julius Göthlin, Twilight Interference 00743, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 180 x 130 cm
From left: Julius Göthlin, Modulated Spatial Frequency 6689 and Modulated Spatial Frequency 3342, 2018, acrylic on canvas,180 x 130 cm
Installation view
Installation view
Julius Göthlin, Si02 TOC Exposure 993, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 76 x 76 cm
Julius Göthlin, CTX 3255 Exposure 044, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 62 x 54 cm