ABOUT DIRK SALZ

Dirk Salz works on paintings whose most striking feature is their high-gloss surfaces. These are the result of the use of multi-layered epoxy resins coated with pigments and the sealing with polyurethane varnish. Due to their smooth surfaces, diffuse images of the spatial environment including the viewer and possibly other paintings in space, which are reduced substantially to light and dark values, appear on the images. Anyone approaching this work is therefore quickly aware of the optical irritation , because the reflections on the surface due to the material used, these paintings can not be distinguished immediately, and sometimes even after a long period of observation. Only when you move in front of them will you notice the lines and surfaces, certain light or dark areas move in the picture or disappear completely, while other suddenly appear in the picture - or that details that appear at first glance Which seemed to be mere reflections, are also preserved optically when the viewers perspective is changed, and prove to be a stable component of the paintings.

From the first moment the viewer is asked to make an impression of these pictures. What is the picture itself? Can you find a location from which the reflections can be turned off completely? And would one have "the picture itself" in mind? Or are the random, integral components of the image, which are not necessarily necessary, depending on the lighting and various other components of the particular exhibition space, the light conditions and the viewing angle? Already at the first glance, the more recent paintings by Dirk Salz two central motifs of his artistic work become clear. First of all the exploration of the interplay of control and coincidence, in this case the relationship of the artist's controlled physical form of the paintings and their visual appearance dependent on the attributes of the spatial environment and the circumstances of the viewing. Secondly, the pictures of Dirk Salz always aim at the experience of the temporality of seeing. They demand an active viewer, who takes the time to move back and forth, here and there, before slowly opening up the complexity of his works to the viewer. Reflection in this work is thus shown in two forms to the viewer: optically as the mirroring property of the picture surfaces, as a reflection-aesthetic as the reflection of the viewer as they come aware of their own individual visual experience.

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SHOWS & EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS (Selection)

2014

  • ‚Coherence/Interference’, Kunstraum 21, Bonn
  • ‚In Between’, Galerie Obrist, Essen
  • ‚BEYOND’ (Salz/Schweers), Galerie Schürmann, Kamp-Lintfort
  • ‚TRIPPLE A’, (Dirk Salz, Bodo Korsig, Jürgen Paas), Galerie Roger
  • Katwijk, Amsterdam (NL)
  • ‚deep dives’, Galerie Lausberg, Düsseldorf
  • Verein für aktuelle Kunst/Ruhrgebiet, (Barbara Dörffler, Wonkun Jun, Dirk Salz)
  • ‚Edges’ (Bodo Korsig, Jürgen Paas, Dirk Salz), Galerie Obrist, Essen

2013

  • ‚Malerei, Zeichnung, Objekt’, Galerie Kautsch, Michelstadt

2012

  • Galerie Schürmann, Kamp-Lintfort ‚Objects in resin and glass’, Galerie Roger Katwijk, Amsterdam (NL)
  • ‚Kunststoff’ (Salz/Schmitz-Schmelzer/Laube) Galerie DIS, Maastricht (NL)
  • ‚subjektive Reflexionen’ Galerie Feurstein, Feldkirch (A)
  • ‚Reflexionen’ Galerie Lausberg, Düsseldorf

2011

  • ‚compactlight‘, Forum Kunst und Architektur, Essen (Salz/Poths)

2010

  • ‚Recent Paintings‘, Galerie Roger Katwijk, Amsterdam (NL)
  • ‚Unbedingt’, Galerie Kunstraum21, Köln

 

GROUP SHOWS (Selection)

2014

  • ‚Neu Gierig’, Künstler der Galerie, Galerie Feurstein, Feldkirch (A)
  • ‚Still Point’, Four Square Fine Arts, London (Eberhard Ross, Thomas Zika,
  • Dirk Salz, Harald Schmitz-Schmelzer)
  • ‚Sommerfreuden’, (Imi Knoebel, Dirk Salz, Holger Tibo, Tinka von Hasselbach),
  • Galerie Kunstraum21, Bonn
  • ‚Farbkörper/Bildobjekte’, Galerie Feurstein, Feldkirch (A)
  • ‚Künstler der Galerie’, Malerei, Zeichnung, Druckgrafik auf Papier,
  • Galerie Feurstein, Feldkirch (A)

2013

  • ‚Soweit die Künste tragen’, Imi Knoebel, Babak Saed, Dirk Salz, Holger Tibo, Tinka von Hasselbach, Hideaki Yamanobe, Galerie Kunstraum 21, Bonn
  • ‚JAMK’, Kunstmuseum Mülheim an der Ruhr
  • ‚Best of Ruhr’, Kommunale Galerie, Berlin
  • ‚Kunststücke’, Galerie Feurstein, Feldkirch (A)
  • ‚10 Jahre Galerie Lausberg’, Galerie Lausberg, Düsseldorf
  • ‚In Bonn III’, Galerie Kunstraum21, Bonn
  • ‚schwarzmalen - schwarzsehen’ , Galerie Feurstein, Feldkirch (A)
  • ‚Arrangement and Attitude’, Galerie Peithner-Lichtenfels, Wien (A)

2012

  • ‚Winter Group Exhibition’, Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto (CAN)
  • ‚Accrochage’, 5 Jahre Galerie Feurstein, Feldkirch (A)

 

ART FAIRS

2014

  • ArtKarlsruhe, Galerie Feurstein u. Galerie Obrist
  • Kunst RAI, Galerie Roger Katwijk, Amsterdam (NL)
  • Art Bodensee, Galerie Feurstein
  • Kunst Zürich, Galerie Feurstein, Zürich (CH)
  • Art Fair, Köln, Galerie Lausberg, Düsseldorf
  • PAN Amsterdam, Galerie Roger Katwijk, Amsterdam (NL)
  • Art Miami, Lausberg Contemporary (US)

2013

  • ArtKarlsruhe, Galerie Feurstein
  • ArtWarehouse Rotterdam, Galerie Roger Katwijk, Rotterdam (NL)
  • Art Bodensee, Galerie Feurstein
  • Preview Berlin, Galerie Roger Katwijk, Berlin
  • Kunst Zürich, Galerie Feurstein, Zürich (CH)
  • Art Fair, Köln, Galerie Lausberg, Düsseldorf
  • PAN Amsterdam, Galerie Roger Katwijk, Amsterdam (NL)
  • Art Miami, Lausberg Contemporary (US)

2012

  • ArtKarlsruhe, Galerie Feurstein, Galerie Kautsch
  • ArtBodensee, Galerie Feurstein
  • KunstRai, Galerie Roger Katwijk, Amsterdam (NL)
  • Kunst Zürich, Galerie Feurstein
  • Art Fair, Köln, Galerie Kunstraum 21

2011

  • Art Miami, Lausberg Contemporary, (US)
  • Toronto International Art Fair (TIAF), Lausberg Contemporary (CAN)
  • Art Fair 21, Galerie Kunstraum21, Köln u. Galerie Lausberg Düsseldorf
  • ART-Zürich, Galerie Feurstein, Feldkirch (A)
  • Loods 6, Galerie RogerKatwijk, Amsterdam (NL)
  • ART-Bodensee, Galerie Feurstein, Feldkirch (A)
  • ART-Amsterdam , Galerie Roger Katwijk, Amsterdam (NL)

 

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