until 02.06. | #2019ARTatBerlin | White Square Gallery shows from 20th April 2018 the exhibition „Look at me …“ by the artist Dietrich Walther.
In the solo exhibition “Look at me …”, the White Square Gallery presents selected works by the Berlin artist Dietrich Walther (* 1959, Wiesbaden).
Since his studies in the 1980s, he worked as a freelance artist, first in the field of photography and later mainly as a painter. Today, he likes to experiment with different techniques and creates work groups in the fields of drawing, mixed media, and photography.
In the White Square Gallery, Dietrich Walther presents sixteen paintings that have been produced over the last fifteen years, thus forming a kind of retrospective of his previous work. Although these works belong to different times and cycles, their cohesion is obvious. This reflects the aesthetic and thematic backgrounds that underlie the work, as well as the role models and inspirations of the artist but also his concerns and thus his real goal.
As the title of the exhibition “Look at me …” already tells us, this is about seeing and seeing. When looking around, the viewer is promptly confronted with the looks that are directed towards him from all the pictures in this exhibition. The intensity, even the magic, of these looks pulls the viewer into the images and transforms the fragile, shadowy, transparent figures into profound, versatile, enigmatic creatures with their own big and small stories. And it is left to the viewer to develop his own feeling for telling his own stories, suggested to him by a gestural or mimic position of the painted “protagonists”.
For all its mystery, the works are not alien to the viewer. In contrast, in these pictures we recognize our world again, partly directly, but intuitively. This is due to two main factors: the models chosen by the artist and his stylistic means. Like many contemporary artists, Dietrich Walter likes to work with photo templates, which he fishes out of the internet. After allowing the unnecessary details to disappear in an artistic process, he transmits the cleansed, the essential to the canvas. The resulting works evoke the familiar, omnipresent Pop Art spirit. They remind us of the posters and murals many of us grew up with, even without much thought.
Dietrich Walther “Absence 47” (Selfie), 2017, Öl auf Baumwolle, 70 x 50 cm / © Dietrich Walther (links)
Dietrich Walther “Absence 51” (Selfie), 2017, Öl auf Baumwolle, 70 x 50 cm / © Dietrich Walther (rechts
The anticipated intimacy paired with the seemingly strange irritates the viewer and gives him the incentive to penetrate the images, to feel them. And that is exactly what this exhibition is about.
Vernissage: Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7 – 9 pm
Exhibition period: Friday, April 20 – Saturday, June 2, 2018Zur White Square Gallery
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