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Dirk Skreber EXHIBITED AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY

French Man World War I (Superheroe-Series)
Dirk Skreber
French Man World War I (Superheroe-Series)

2003

Foam and tape on wood

250 x 150 cm
Fabricated through a process of reduction, French Man World War I (Superheroe-Series) blurs the bounds between abstraction and representation. Carefully picking through strips of foam rubber, Skreber gnaws away at the surface to reveal an image of a soldier. He sets up a plane of conflict between the physical and the optical. The soft tangibility of the foam, interrupted with the chiselled sense of decay, is in stark contrast to the clean graphic form it contains. Skreber creates not a painting, but a divestment, in which beauty is conceived as erosive destruction.
It Rocks Us So Hard Ho Ho  Ho 2
Dirk Skreber
It Rocks Us So Hard Ho Ho Ho 2

2002

Oil on Canvas

160 x 280cm
The artist’s choice of subject riffs on his memory of the inhuman but fascinating spatial energy where he first encountered this imagery. “When I was young… 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 ‘The Region’… At an early age I subconsciously perceived this industrial environment as sculptural”. Exploring the formal potential of the car and bending its natural anatomy, away from any predetermined functional sense, became a central preoccupation for the artist’s imagination.
It Rocks Us So Hard Ho Ho Ho 3
Dirk Skreber
It Rocks Us So Hard Ho Ho Ho 3

2002

Oil on Canvas

160 x 280cm
Skreber obsessively painted cars wrapped around poles before moving onto the real thing. “Although 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 vision… 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.”
Untitled
Dirk Skreber
Untitled

2003

Oil on Canvas

300 x 170cm
Untitled
Dirk Skreber
Untitled

2001

Oil and tape on Canvas

300 x 170cm
Untitled
Dirk Skreber
Untitled

2000

Oil on Canvas

280 x 420cm
Untitled
Dirk Skreber
Untitled

1999

Oil, foil tape and foam rubber on Canvas

150 x 250cm
Untitled (Yellow Locomotive)
Dirk Skreber
Untitled (Yellow Locomotive)

1999

Oil, foil tape and foam rubber on Canvas

180 x 200cm
Untitled
Dirk Skreber
Untitled

1990

Oil on Canvas

205 x 150cm
Untitled
Dirk Skreber
Untitled

2003

Oil on Canvas

279 x 400cm
Untitled
Dirk Skreber
Untitled

2002

Foam and tape on wood

250 x 150cm
Tesa-Moll Seele
Dirk Skreber
Tesa-Moll Seele

2004

Foam and tape on wood

330 x 350cm
Untitled
Dirk Skreber
Untitled

1994

Oil on canvas

158 x 191cm
Untitled
Dirk Skreber
Untitled

1997

Oil on wood

180 x 75cm

Dirk Skreber's BIOGRAPHY

Dirk Skreber
Born in 1961, in Lübeck, Germany
Lives and works in Düsseldorf and New York



SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2010
Blum and Poe, Los Angeles
Exhibition No. 2, Graham Walker, Friedrich Petzel East, New York

2009
Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York
Frans Halsmuseum Haarlem, Haarlem
Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Gent, Belgium

2008
Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf
Galerie Luis Campana, Cologne
Dirk Skreber. Blood Speed, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden

2006
Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York
Was für ein Tag, Galerie Luis Campana, Cologne

2005
It Rocks us so Hard- Ho Ho Ho, The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen & Joslyn Art Museum,
Omaha, Nebraska

2004
Na(h)tanz Aspen Art Museum, Aspen
Muss et Sin Engholm Engelhorn Galerie, Vienna
Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York

2003
Painspotting Blum & Poe, Los Angeles

2002
Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg
Galleria Gió Marconi, Milan (with Björn Dahlem) Galerie
Luis Campana, Cologne
Galerie Elba Betinez, Madrid (with Björn Dahlem)

2001
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
Kerstin Engholm Galerie, Vienna

1999
Luis Campaña Galerie, Cologne
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles

1998
Portfolio, Vienna

1997
GalerieBochynek,Düsseldorf
Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren
Luis Campaña Galerie, Cologne


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2011
The Shape of Things To Come, Saatchi Gallery, London

2010
Attitude, Initial Access, Frank Cohen Collection, Wolverhampton

2009
Inaugural Exhibition, Blum&Poe, Los Angeles
Claus Foettinger, Dirk Skreber, Galerie Engholm Engelhorn, Vienna
Reality Check – KölnSkulptur 5, Stiftung Skulpturenpark Köln, Cologne
Fabula Temporaria, Kunstmuseum Mülheim an der Ruhr, Mülheim/Ruhr

2008
Kunst Im Heim, Capitain Petzel Gallery, Berlin
You Did the Tunnel- I’ll Hide the Soil, White Cube (curated by Harland Miller and Irene
Bradbury), London
Red Wind, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles

2006
The Ecstatic Truth - Werner Herzog's Quest, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
Deutsche Wandstücke, Museum für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst, Bozen

2005
Present Perfect Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New
York

2004
Claus Föttinger, Hans Schabus, Dirk Skreber Sies
+ Höke,Düsseldorf
raumfürraum Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf
Now Is a Good Time Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York Art Chicago
2004, Chicago

2003
Jetzt und Hier Museum Kurhaus, Kleve 4ever Young
Sommer Gallery, Tel Aviv Blum & Poe, Los Angeles

2002
Permanent Collection, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt
Viewfinder Arnolfini, Bristol

2001
Far from us, Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam
EU Stephan Friedman Gallery, London
Musterkarte Galerie Elba Benitez, Madrid
Without Hesitation Neues Museum, Weserburg, Bremen

2000
Hypermental Kuntshaus, Zürich
Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York

1999
Jeffrey Deitch Projects, New York
Kerstin Engholm Galerie, Vienna

1998
Galerie Bochynek, Düsseldorf

1997
Surprise II Kunsthalle, Nürnberg