The Long Hello

January 9 – February 27, 2016



“… in this district I started my research on paint ingredients in 1966, in my first outdoor studio. All this material was collected for disposal each day by this paint factory that had just opened. My father was the head of its chemical laboratories and moved our whole family into a house on the same grounds where the new factory was built.
In these years of freedom, I went to my new outdoor studio daily, weather permitting, and gave myself free rein in examining every conceivable kind of paint container, from small cans to barrels containing over 200 liters.”

 

Dirk Skreber, Studio-Stories, Typhoon Verlag, 2007
Capitain Petzel is pleased to present its first solo exhibition of Dirk Skreber. The new works created for “The Long Hello” can be seen in the gallery’s main room and in the lower level.

 

In a total of 31 works, he makes use of new techniques and materials. While his paintings had previously been carried out on canvas or wood, aluminum honeycomb panels now provide the base for collages made of extremely diverse materials, which are applied in layers.
The principle of balance and imbalance plays an overarching role throughout all of the works. His working process stretches all the way from the application of the background color and using a computer to produce masters for printing to the use of large quantities of microcrystalline wax and various paint ingredients. At some areas on the panels, Dirk Skreber uses a propane torch to enliven the utilized materials. The oil paint and wax melt together, small “soft” explosions occur if the oil is still wet, and it becomes possible to reshape the print applied to the wax.

 

Dirk Skreber lives and works in New York.

 

 

 

 

„…in dieser Gegend begann ich 1966 in meinem ersten Außen-Studio Untersuchungen an Farbwerkstoffen einer frisch eröffneten Lack- und Farbenfabrik, die täglich zur Entsorgung zusammengetragen wurden. Mein Vater, der in dieser Firma das chemische Labor leitete zog mit unserer ganzen Familie in ein Haus, das sich auf eben diesem Gelände befand, auf dem auch das neue Fabrikgebäude errichtet wurde.
In diesen Jahren der Freiheit besuchte ich mein neues Außen-Studio mitunter täglich, wenn es das Wetter erlaubte und ließ meinen Untersuchungen an jeder Art denkbaren Farbbehältern, kleineren Dosen bis zu über 200 l fassenden Tonnen freien Lauf.”
Studio-Stories, Dirk Skreber, Typhoon Verlag, 2007
Capitain Petzel freut sich, die erste Einzelausstellung mit Dirk Skreber präsentieren zu können. Für „The Long Hello“ hat er neue Werke geschaffen, welche im Hauptraum und im Untergeschoss der Galerie zu sehen sind.
Bei den insgesamt 31 Werken bedient er sich neuer Techniken und Materialien. Waren seine Gemälde zuvor auf Leinwand oder Holz ausgeführt, bilden nun Aluminium-Wabenplatten die Basis für Collagen aus verschiedensten, in Schichten aufgetragenen Materialien.
Das Prinzip der Balance und Unausgewogenheit spielt bei allen Werken eine übergreifende Rolle. Der Arbeitsweg reicht vom Auftragen der Grundfarbe über am Computer erstellte Druckvorlagen bis hin zu in großen Mengen verwendetem Mikrowachs und diversen Farbwerkstoffen. An manchen Stellen der Paneele lässt Dirk Skreber die verwendeten Materialien mit einem Propangasbrenner lebendig werden. Ölfarbe und Wachs verschmelzen, ist das Öl noch nass, entstehen kleine „softe“ Explosionen und der auf Wachs applizierte Druck wird verformbar.
Dirk Skreber lebt und arbeitet in New York.

 


  • Installation view: Dirk Skreber, „The Long Hello“, January 9 - February 27, 2016, © the artist, Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe
  • Dirk Skreber, „GEIST 00110110 00110101“, 2015, aluminum honeycomb, epoxy, fiberglass, alu- minum channel, oil based alkyd enamel, self adhesive paper, microcrystalline wax, uv cured ink, oil paint, 213.4 x 122 cm / 84 x 48 inches, © The artist, courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe
  • Dirk Skreber, "(untitled!)", 2015, aluminum honeycomb, fiberglass, epoxy, alkyd oil based enamel, microcrystalline wax, uv cured ink, oil paint, 213.4 x 122 cm / 84 x 48 inches, © The artist, courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe
  • Installation view: Dirk Skreber, „The Long Hello“, January 9 - February 27, 2016, © the artist, Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe
  • Dirk Skreber, „IMG_9787", 2015, aluminum honeycomb, epoxy, fiberglass, aluminum channel, fluorescent spray paint, microcrystalline wax, uv cured ink, 213.4 x 122 cm / 84 x 48 inches, © the artist, Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe
  • Dirk Skreber, „Fass Schlampe / Barrel Bitch 1.1", 2015, aluminum honeycomb, fiberglass, epoxy, alkyd oil based enamel, paraffin wax, uv cured ink, oil paint, 213.4 x 122 cm / 84 x 48 inches, © the artist, Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe
  • Dirk Skreber, „Geist Time I", 2015, aluminum honeycomb, fiberglass, epoxy, alkyd oil based enamel, microcrystalline wax, uv cured ink, oil paint, 213.4 x 122 cm / 84 x 48 inches, © the artist, Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe
  • Installation view: Dirk Skreber, „The Long Hello“, January 9 - February 27, 2016, © the artist, Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe
  • Installation view: Dirk Skreber, „The Long Hello“, January 9 - February 27, 2016, © the artist, Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe
  • Dirk Skreber, „Sonne, Saft Und Pelikan", 2015, aluminum honeycomb, fiberglass, epoxy, microcrystalline wax, oil paint, spray paint, acrylic sealant, aluminum paint, paper, ink, 86.4 x 61 cm / 34 x 24 inches, © the artist, Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe
  • Dirk Skreber, „Margo Laurely", 2015, aluminum honeycomb, fiberglass, epoxy, alkyd oil based enamel, microcrystalline wax, oil paint, 86.4 x 61 cm / 34 x 24 inches, © the artist, Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe
  • Dirk Skreber, „Small Rain Grits Buttocks Regen Gurke Busen", 2015, aluminum honeycomb, fiberglass, epoxy, alkyd oil based enamel, microcrystalline wax, uv cured ink, oil paint, 86.4 x 61 cm / 34 x 24 inches, © the artist, Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe
  • Installation view: Dirk Skreber, „The Long Hello“, January 9 - February 27, 2016, © the artist, Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe
  • Dirk Skreber, „Untitled", 2015, aluminum honeycomb, fiberglass, epoxy, alkyd oil based enamel, microcrystalline wax, oil paint, spray paint, 86.4 x 61 cm / 34 x 24 inches, © the artist, Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe
  • Dirk Skreber, „Untitled", 2015, aluminum honeycomb, fiberglass, epoxy, alkyd oil based enamel, microcrystalline wax, oil paint, 86.4 x 61 cm / 34 x 24 inches, © the artist, Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe
  • Installation view: Dirk Skreber, „The Long Hello“, January 9 - February 27, 2016, © the artist, Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe
  • Dirk Skreber, „Schongang", 2015, aluminum honeycomb, fiberglass, epoxy, alkyd oil based enamel, microcrystalline wax, uv cured ink, oil paint, 86.4 x 61 cm / 34 x 24 inches, © the artist, Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe
  • Dirk Skreber, „Untitled", 2015, aluminum honeycomb, fiberglass, epoxy, alkyd oil based enamel, microcrystalline wax, 86.4 x 61 cm / 34 x 24 inches, © the artist, Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe
  • Dirk Skreber, „Untitled", 2015, aluminum honeycomb, fiberglass, epoxy, alkyd oil based enamel, microcrystalline wax, uv cured ink, 86.4 x 61 cm / 34 x 24 inches, © the artist, Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe
  • Dirk Skreber, „Untitled", 2015, aluminum honeycomb, fiberglass, epoxy, alkyd oil based enamel, microcrystalline wax, oil paint, 86.4 x 61 cm / 34 x 24 inches, © the artist, Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe
  • Dirk Skreber, „Untitled", 2015, aluminum honeycomb, fiberglass, epoxy, alkyd oil based enamel, microcrystalline wax, uv cured ink, oil paint, 86.4 x 61 cm / 34 x 24 inches, © the artist, Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe
  • Installation view: Dirk Skreber, „The Long Hello“, January 9 - February 27, 2016, © the artist, Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe