Essay, October 2001

Art in Memory (excerpt)
BY PROF. RICHARD D. HECHT, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SANTA BARBARA

[...] in Manhattan and countless other places, artists have led our reflections through their work. Some of our best artists have done the same for us here. "Response" is a group exhibition of the works of twenty-four local artists. These extraordinary pieces, which move the spirit; they remind us of our grief [...]

Each piece is a profound meditation on the horror and tragedy of September 11th. [...]

The twin towers of the World Trade Center are seared into an archetypical memory in these works. Jack  Mohr's small sculpture “Always Remember” memoralizes their presence in the destroyed foundations with tiny spines reaching upward, suggesting what they were before the planes were crashed into them. [...]

“Response” proves once again that art is powerful, evocative, and healing. This is an exhibition, which we should all see. Better, “Response” is an exhibition we need to see.


“Jack N. Mohr’s “Always Remember” is an emblematic sulptural impression of half-destroyed towers.”

Josef Woodard in "Artistic Aftershocks"
Santa Barbara News-Press, Scene Magazine, October 26, 2001


“Yet my favorite piece offers the towers as Buddhistic moments, ghost worlds.”

D.J. Palladino in "Remembering Hell"
The Santa Barbara Independent, October 18, 2001

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