Laura Mars Gallery cordially invites you to the exhibition ultraviolet by Dirk Krecker. It is the third solo exhibition of the Frankfurt/Main-based artist at Laura Mars Gallery.
Since the early 2000s, Krecker investigates in his works the artistic concepts of drawing, picture, and space before the backdrop of a progressively technologized and accelerated world. He works with both analog and digital means. The paper works, oil paintings on paper, and installations created for this exhibition address forms of appearance and disappearance.
The installation-type spatial arrangement “Drexciya” draws on the utopian potential which flared up in the emancipatory joy of the first techno generation and died down again like a supernova. Tube monitors are made to glow, flicker, and interfere by a modular synthesizer system originating from electronic music. It is a self-generating image-production machine which time and again creates anew beautiful moments of unstable tension. In the constellation shown, a reversal of means and idea takes place by way of which the technological optimism-about-the-future itself comes to the fore as a ready-made.
In “Commander Perkins tötet das Metawesen” (Commander Perkins Kills the Meta Being), a series of new felt pen drawings with collages and cut-up texts, Krecker employs visual and narrative strategies of the science fiction genre. The pictorial world applied ranges from art historical standard works from the 1920s to comic books from the 1970s, to 1980s computer game aesthetics. Genre archetypes implement themselves via cut-up texts into the pictures. In this series, Krecker emphasizes the “What Could Be” as a utopian component of artistic creation.
Next to additional individual works, Krecker for the first time shows a series of oil paintings on paper that focus specific gravity on the process of appearance and disappearance. Excluding the metaphysical, Krecker follows a dynamic set of rules made up of variable viscosities of the material and the variation, modification, and mutation of the strategy of depiction. Thus, Krecker creates speculative picture environments in which the reciprocal desires, motives, and phantasms of subject and engineered, science-informed (media) reality resonate.
Dirk Krecker lives and works in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. 1994 Hochschule für Gestaltung HfG Offenbach (classes of Prof. Heiner Blum, Prof. Manfred Stumpf). 1998 Staatliche Hochschule für bildende Künste – Städelschule, Frankfurt/Main, 2000 master class Prof. Thomas Bayrle. 2002 Diploma HfG Offenbach.
Grants: Scholarship at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France; Grant by Galerie 5020, Salzburg; Johannes-Mosbach-Foundation.
Exhibitions (selection): Recall Total, saasfee*pavillon, Frankfurt; 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.; Museum für Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt; Galerie Lisi Hämmerle, Bregenz; Laura Mars Gallery, Berlin; PAMM, Miami; Hopstreet Gallery, Brussels; Sadie Coles, London; Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf; Laden für Nichts, Leipzig; Galerie Martina Detterer, Frankfurt; glue, Berlin; Neuer Kunstverein, Gießen; saasfee*pavillon, Frankfurt; Basis, Frankfurt; Kunsthaus Erfurt; Derek Eller Gallery, New York. Soundperformances a.o. with mõnõraïn and Kollektivmaschine (selection): MMK Frankfurt; Neuer Kunstverein, Gießen; Westwerk, Hamburg; Kotti-Shop, Berlin. Publications: Schreibmaschinenkunst by Marvin and Ruth Sackner (Sieveking-Verlag, 2015); Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology by Barrie Tullett (Laurence King Publishing, London, 2014); A Human Document / Selections from the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry (Peréz Art Museum 2013); echo oldschool – the typewriter drawings volume 1 (gutleut Verlag, 2006); Error_shift_landscape (gutleut Verlag 2005); Media: Deutsche Welle, 3:52", 2013