until (tba) | #2246ARTatBerlin | Semjon Contemporary presents from 12th October 2018 the exhibition It’s not dark yet… by the artist Dittmar Danner aka Krüger.
Dittmar Danner aka Krüger is known to us as Dittmar Krüger: The new name irritates. That’s the program!
His familiar ‘signature art’ is the color space cube, the wall object that unites both painting and object. The painting takes place primarily within the ‘cut’ cubes. The mostly 12 cm deep boxes are mainly aligned high rectangular.
His painting in the box has in the past often evoked the question of whether an artificial light source was integrated into it. Not without reason she was asked. The artist creates a visual experience by the skillful choice of his color (for example Cadmium Yellow in combination with Cadmium Orange or Prussian Blue with Ultramarine). The luminosity of the color is enhanced by the pre-glazed, with thousands of grinding marks provided Plexiglas disk, so a maze of innumerable ‘light ruts’. As with the fiberglass cable, they act as light signal conductors and scatter the color space inwards and outwards. Thus, the impression of an artificial light source can not be completely dismissed, especially if the artist works on the visible inner edges or narrow sides of the boxes, e.g. painting vertical ultramarine stripes surrounded by a dark, rich Prussian blue. When changing the viewer’s point of view, this suddenly appears like a strip of light.
For two decades, Dittmar Krüger pursued the idea of color vision in the cube. It could also be said that concentrating the colored light space in the cube was the self-chosen stage for him to conduct methodical analytical investigations on the relationship of the color to each other and to the architectural form of the box. Previously, the decade of the nineties was marked by the replacement of painting by selected – representing them – industrial materials and lending physicality to the object of the wall – probably an important step in the development of breaking the supremacy of the canvas. If Dittmar Krüger now leaves the colored light body trapped in the cube in favor of the flat screen under his new name as Dittmar Danner aka Krüger, his reason, which he has already formulated visibly in his new name: ‘Back to the roots’ – after 30 years – namely to return to the canvas, which he already worked on as a student of the painting class of Johannes Geccelli at the College of the Arts (now the University of the Arts). The name Danner is the maiden name of his Austrian grandmother. The flickering rectangle lines, which appear like floating light frames in the wall boxes, have developed into a colorful framework, which now translates to the square of the plane canvas, literally opening new doors: the high formats in the dimensions of 240 x 180 cm up to the Small formats of 30 x 24 cm are his new stage for fireworks of rectangular frames, of which one can not say whether they are standing in front of or behind the respective larger or smaller frame or float. The box frame of his color space bodies, which has become his ‘signature art’, now continues in repeated repetition as a frame in the frame, as a door in the door or window in the window, describing an imaginary space, or imaginary spaces whose secrets can not be deciphered. Is the area in the image center wall or the depth of a room? Is the frame frame or space? Using gold or pearlescent paint layers increases confusion. Sometimes the pictures are heavy and imposing suggesting ‘classical’ spaces that we know from times of Egyptian or even Roman or even Prussian culture, or they are psychedelically charged, fluorescent cheeky colors that irritate the eye and put us to the test , Sometimes the individual frame in the picture is precisely contoured and characterized by monochrome heaviness (occasionally also as a heavy black line or bar frame – or is it the black depth of an infinite space?), Sometimes of airy consistency that makes one think of watercolor painting. If the picture space is described in an airy watercolor and only one or two frames seem to float in the picture, then one realizes that the frame becomes a door, a window to freedom.
Lets Dittmar Danner aka Dittmar Krüger in large format on light gray and cloudy ground buzz yellow shreds of cloud, then he lets us participate in the vision to explore the universe with all its possibilities. It’s not dark yet …
Semjon H. N. Semjon Berlin, September/Oktober 2018.
Vernissage: Friday, 12th October 2018, 7.00 – 9.30 Uhr – in all gallery rooms
Exhibition period: Friday, 12th October – Sunday, 24th November 2018Zu Semjon Contemporary
Image caption: Courtesy of Semjon Contemporary – Dittmar Danner aka Krüger – Photo: Jürgen Baumann
Exhibition Dittmar Danner aka Krüger – Semjon Contemporary – Zeitgenössische Kunst in Berlin | Contemporary Art | Exhibitions Berlin Galleries | ART at Berlin