Door One , 30 x 40 cm. Oil on linen, treated tracing paper, ribbon and soldered wire.
My career began in 1974 as one half of the performance art duo Reindeer Werk. In 1980 I changed to anti-conceptualist painting, part of a movement that eventually came to be known as Low Brow. Finding myself uncomfortably cornered into a genre that appeared to be becoming ever more Disneyfied, I have since branched into an area that appears to be something of a hybrid, standing between pro and contra conceptual camps. I prefer being a hinge to a flat plane.
The Doors Project
The problem for art today is that it is visible - instantly, anytime.
From this starting point, I began to make a series of pieces not instantly available to the viewer. I started making 'doors' to paintings. Vanity doors that had to be opened first. I then realised that this changed the type of image needed inside, which in turn affected the outside. So I dreamed of a show that would only be Doors - closed doors, until the gallery assistant came out from behind the desk and agreed to open them, one by one, peek by peek.
The Candelabra Project
Someone said to me recently "Why don't you make something useful Dirk ?". This got me thinking, and I've ended up making a series of candelabra and sconces, some of which are featured below.
11th March 2020
Companion Piece Candelabra. 46 x 17 x 27 cm. Soldered wire & tin cans. It's an update of the single piece I made before, now that I've moved on to using torches as well as candles.
Cooking with The Arbliquelia. 35 x 28 x 25 cm. #candelabra#lies#questions#arguments#lockdownart
Coffee Button Tender candelabra. 40 x 31 x 18 cm. 4 graters, copper sheeting, milliput & oil paint. 2020 #lockdown art
A two -position Candelabra: Position one. "The Arbliquelia lifts the burden of the Coffee Button". 42 x 40 cm. 2020. Position 2 is below.
A two -position Candelabra: Position two. "The Arbliquelia lifts the burden of the Coffee Button". 42 x 40 cm. 2020. Position 1 is above.
The Arbliquelia is the exploration of an Argument, a Question and a Lie. Something for our times. 60 x 45 cm. Soldered wire, milliput, plaster, copper plate, oil paints.
Button Boy Candelabra. 62 cm high x 25 cm wide. My first candelabra made at home during the virus shut down.
My Little Candelabra (MLC). 22 x 27 x 13. Soldered wire, copper sheet, tin can, candle.
Lil C's Treasure. 70 x 50 x 25 cm.
Lukasch Pyrq Memorial Candellabra #2. 45 x 31 cm. 2020.
Regality Candelabra. 33 x 31 x 7 cm. 2020