Gerhardsen Gerner

Dirk Stewen

21 Jan - 10 Feb 2011

© Dirk Stewen
Untitled (Soft Corps XI), 2011
Paper confetti, thread, tape on paper
111,5 x 151 cm / framed 62 x 122,8 cm
21 January – 10 February, 2011

Gerhardsen Gerner is very pleased to start the new year with an exhibition by the Hamburg-based artist Dirk Stewen.

The show will feature variations of his confetti works, photographs and assemblages, combining material he collected over the past decade.

In this exhibition, Stewen’s works made of photo paper, ink and confetti investigate dimension, reversibility and possible combinations of the artist’s various artistic approaches. Several pieces from the "Soft-Corps" series will be on view upon entering the gallery. In the main exhibition space, an oversized black confetti work along with a combination of photo and ink works will be installed, in the latter Stewen has replaced parts of the abstract surfaces with images of plants and objects, which he photographed while traveling and in his studio in Hamburg. He partly extends these works with three-dimensional elements like a lacquer-coated bamboo rod or a pair of gloves, prepared by hand. Also streamers reappear.

Stewen establishes a dialogue between the craft-like aspects of his work, sewing and photography, aiming at a result that puts the various elements into a state of equilibrium, a democratic balance.

In the side gallery Stewen will show a selection of photographs he took in the sculpture collection of Berlin's Bode–Museum.

Current group exhibitions include Art on Paper 2010: The 41st Exhibition, The Weatherspoon Art Museum, North Carolina (November 7, 2010–February 6, 2011) and Milk Drop Coronet, Camera Austria, Kunsthaus Graz (September 25–January 9, 2011).

Recent solo exhibitions include Maureen Paley, London (2010); Exercises, Kunstverein Overbeck Gesellschaft, Lübeck (2009); The Exhibition Formerly Known as Passengers: Dirk Stewen, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2008); Sugar, Lump Sugar, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2006).

Group exhibitions include The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place, 176 Zabludowicz Collection, London (2010); privat – Wuppertaler Sammler der Gegenwart, Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal (2009); Pale Carnage, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, and Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland (2007); Formalismus - Moderne Kunst, heute, Kunstverein in Hamburg (2004) amongst others.

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