Helmut Dirnaichner

Galerie D + C Mueller-Roth

The material used by Helmut Dirnaichner is not only a surface that carries the image: it also constitutes the theme, color, and subject matter of his works. Soil, ashes, or finely powdered stone have been combined with cellulose and processed into heavy yet fragile sheets of paper. The color of the paper in each case results from the specific component substance.

In the works in this exhibition, Dirnaichner has molded his paper into two basic forms: an elongated leaf and a wider oval. The elongated forms strongly resemble dried leaves or archaic signs. Some have been drawn out and narrowed so that they come to a point, transforming the peaceful, natural shape into an aggressive object, like a lance. The ovals range from large single sheets that cover an entire wall to groups of smaller vertical forms in various colors and shapes placed next to one another on part of a wall. The smaller

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