Dirk Stewen – Zen and the birds of appetite (2018, Oslo)
Dirk Stewen – featuring GAY GOTH SCENE (2017)
Dirk Stewen – Glückliche Stunde (2016, Oslo)
Dirk Stewen – Day and Night (2015, Oslo)
Dirk Stewen – PAPER SIR (2013)
Dirk Stewen (2011)
Dirk Stewen droplets (2009)
Dirk Stewen pictures not lovers (2007)
Exhibition opening: May 16, 2018
In Oslo Dirk Stewen will show a special selection of watercolor and ink drawings celebrating his 8th show with Gerhardsen Gerner.
Known for creating unique works that draw on a multiplicity of art-making techniques including photography, assemblage, painting, collage, and embroidery, Dirk Stewen will present a set of figurative drawings of birds this time, which are an exceptional and strange part of his extensive oeuvre. Their ambivalence is reflected in the Show´s title, which is borrowed from the book of the same name by the theological poet Thomas Merton.
The birds in Stewen´s drawings look competitively busy and their obsessions seem to be blinding them. They can appear delightful and macabre at the same time, part beauty, part parody. Sobriety and humor, controlled and uncontrolled moments coincide in them and this is where these creatures draw their power from. An ambiguity that belies in their making: the process of watercolor painting demands boundless trust in what will be. It presupposes trust in the moment, in the gesture of the brushwork and the combination of water and color. The watercolors and gouaches on display in this show are a counterpart to Dirk Stewen’s large-format black works and multi-parted assemblages: light, quick and as fleeting as moments, or notations.
Most of us are "birds of appetite“, circling constantly in search of a visible form that appears to offer the spiritual nutrition we require. Sometimes it is a religion or some other belief system; sometimes it is a defined philosophy; sometimes it is a new kind of spirituality or a new „ism". In almost every case, however, we appear to be seeking sustenance from something that has form and structure — something that can be easily understood, measured, defined, and labeled by our conditioned minds.
"There is no body to be found. The birds may come and circle for a while...
Dirk Stewen’s work has been featured in numerous international gallery exhibitions. Institutional solo exhibitions include: The Locker Plant, Chinati Foundation Artist in Residence, Marfa; Exercises, Kunstverein Overbeck Gesellschaft, Lübeck; The Exhibition Formerly Known as Passengers: Dirk Stewen, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; Sugar, Lump Sugar, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart.
For further information please contact Gerhardsen Gerner: Berlin: +49-30-69 51 83 41; Oslo +47 219 101 91; email@example.com or visit our website at http://www.gerhardsengerner.com
Dirk Stewen Berlin Bird 2017 Watercolor and ink on paper 58 x 38 cm
© the artist; and Gerhardsen Gerner, Oslo