Artist Research- Dirk Skreber

A few notes about research into the work of the German Artist Dirk Skreber:

Looking at his ‘Disaster Paintings’ series of works.

•The work depicts various scenes of  man made accidents involving train, cars and other transportation. Also looks at the effect on the man made by nature, floods fires

•The work represents the ‘monumental’ ideal of man-made debris and unusual aesthetic beauty in terrible scenes

•The use of oil paint embraces catastrophe and ideas of death and isolation represented within the disaster of supposed technological progression

•The paintings have no specific location context, many of the scenes suggest the environment surrounding the accidents/disasters

•These settings are seemingly banal and mundane but are home to abstract incidents that transform the ideas of the viewer “from the familiar to the uncanny”




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