artnet essay march 19th, 2019

The Paintings of German Artist Dirk Salz Will Play With Your Perception

The artist’s signature method of layering pigmented resin yields an “otherworldly effect.”
artnet Gallery Network, March 19, 2019

Accurately capturing the effect of Dirk Salz’s paintings might be impossible with words or pictures. This is the case for most painting, of course, but it’s particularly true for a series of reflective works by the 57-year-old German artist, which feature dozens of layers of synthetic resin mixed with pigment on their surface. They have a peculiar effect on the viewer’s sense of space and depth.
The effect is “otherworldly,” says Pier Stuker, director of bromer kunst in Bern, Switzerland. The gallery has represented Salz for just over a year now. “It’s the combination between the depth created through the multiple layering of resins and the highly reflective surfaces that renders his works this strange and otherworldly character. You have to imagine a painting with a depth that allows you to lose yourself in it, and a mirroring surface that pushes you out at the same time.” …

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March 19th, 2019