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, one of which is featured below.
11th March 2020
Lil C's Treasure. 70 x 50 x 25 cm.