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Dirk Salz - #2254, 2017


Dirk Salz - #2254, 2017
Pigment and resin on Multiplex
48 x 48 x 12 cm

Surface and reflexion are two main topics that reoccur in the works of Dirk Salz, as well as in his elegant and minimalistic piece titled #2254. By mixing pigments with different resin and applying them in multiple layers onto his chosen carrier he achieves a variety of surface textures. Some are more opaque, or as in this piece,  transparent and glossy. The smooth surface of his artwork show the diffused reflections of the surrounding room. In this way the work of Dirk Salz articulates the ambiguity between the immanence of it`s materiality and it`s spacial presence. Through different lightning, movement and changing distance the observer is experiencing the work in different ways, by accessing it`s visual complexity. 

About artist
Dirk Salz
Bochum, Deutschland, 1962

Born 1962 in Bochum, Germany, Dirk Salz studied engineering at RWTH Aachen after High School Graduation. From 1979 to 1981 Salz attended private lessons in painting, drawing and art history. Influenced and trained by various artists, he initiated his own career as an artist in 2002. Since then, Salz has participated in numerous solo- and group exhibitions as well as international art fairs.
Dirk Salz’ artworks are characterized by smooth surfaces and by their particular reflection properties. He achieves this effect by applying several layers of synthetic resins mixed with pigments. By doing so, he creates either opaque or, when finishing with a varnish coating, glossy surfaces. Due to the artwork’s smooth surface, they produce diffuse reflections of their surroundings. Salz’ central theme consists in the ambiguity between the materiality of the artwork and the viewer’s perception that varies according to light and perspective. Constantly allowing new approaches to his works, the viewer gradually develops a sense of their multi-layered complexity.