Düsseldorf

Dirk Skreber

Galerie Schmela

Present-day painters may represent old or new myths in their works, seeking inspiration in art history or even relying again on pure color. But it hardly seems possible today for art to break out of specialized, art-historical discourse. In his first solo exhibition, which consisted of 18 paintings from the past two years, Dirk Skreber showed an evolution away from the periphery of that discourse to areas closer to reality. In many of these paintings he has depicted familiar scenes and everyday objects, but here they evoke a feeling of the future rather than the present. There is an air of unreality about them, for they are unpopulated, completely lacking any human context. No matter how real and concrete these motifs may appear (buildings, public squares, railroads, automobiles, interiors), the viewer has difficulty differentiating between the model and the resulting image. The dimensions

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