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German-born contemporary artist, Dirk Skreber , who lives and works in New York, is making his first solo exhibition at Capitain Petzel gallery.
Mostly known for his remarkable creations involving natural shocks, car crashes and near-miss train accidents, this time, the artist presents a somewhat different aspect of his oeuvre.
For this solo show, entitled The Long Hello , Skreber focused his research on the ingredients of paint, and explored the various ways it can be applied, used and abused to create a visual image and portray a creative thought. In the 31 pieces on display, he makes use of new techniques and materials, stepping away from his previous choice of canvas or wood.
However, he still manages to maintain his signature style and continues to successfully monumentalize the banal. The New York-based artist works in sculpture, installation and painting. His work ranges from the abstract to the representational, dealing with the architecture of the hyperreal ; effectively creating articulated constructions which are suspended in space and time.
From an obviously catastrophic context of images displaying car crashes, accidents and wreckages, Skreber embraces the grim atmosphere and elevates it to a level of religious awe. Drawing inspiration from the mundane flow of contemporary life, the artist aims to capture the moments of interjecting surprise or disaster, treating them with the most clinical formalism. The abstract incidents he often portrays are an unusual mixture of incomprehensible beauty and horror. Relying on photorealism , Skreber only borrows the tropes of mechanical reproduction, but his narrative goes beyond the style.