By Lieneke Hulshof

In the eighteenth century, a French astronomer discovered a heavenly body behind the moon. It was said to spin constantly behind the moon, which is why it was never visible. Though it subsequently proved to be untrue, Douglas White remains interested in this type of tale: wherever stories or events transform everyday life into something magical. According to Gerard Reve, ‘You recognise reality because of its improbability’. White seems to have the same opinion. For his work Owl, he discovered an extraordinary window, owned by an American couple, into which an owl had once collided. This has resulted in a glass installation with a printed white impression of fatty substance and dust left behind by the feathers. White shows that our material, physical world embodies an invisible, mystical layer that sometimes becomes manifest if we pay attention.