The artistâs choice of subject riffs on his memory of the inhuman but fascinating spatial energy where he first encountered this imagery. âWhen I was youngâ¦ the industrial area I lived in [Northern Germany] inspired a sculptural and mechanical outlook more than a painterly one. If I were to write a novel about this area I would call it âThe Regionââ¦ At an early age I subconsciously perceived this industrial environment as sculpturalâ. Exploring the formal potential of the car and bending its natural anatomy, away from any predetermined functional sense, became a central preoccupation for the artistâs imagination.
Dirk Skreber It Rocks Us So Hard Ho Ho Ho 3
Oil on Canvas
160 x 280cm
Skreber obsessively painted cars wrapped around poles before moving onto the real thing. âAlthough I was satisfied with the paintings, I wanted to go closer to the material reality of my subject. I started thinking about a simulated crash, which was staged according to my sculptural visionâ¦ While making these works my concern was not at all about accidents but rather to use a massive and completely real transfer of energy as an opening door to a perspective on the flow of physical laws and metaphysical energies, loading and unloading, transforming and retransforming like batteries or spiritual bodies.â