Walter Dahn

Galerie Paul Maenz

This year in his solo show here Walter Dahn presented 11 acrylic paintings, some of them in very large formats. His latest works can be regarded as a daring stage of a journey that he himself calls “the road away from painting as painting.” This road has taken him from neo-Expressionist painterly painting to spray painting, photography, silkscreen, and a blend of silkscreen and painting, through a broad range of alienation “themes” and techniques, including the precise duplication of signs from a dictionary of symbols, using photocopies enlarged several times over and a projector. The ultimate goal of his journey is stabilization. Processing an image through several of these operations and presenting it against a monochrome background has become his trademark technique; what remains of his earlier approach is refinement.

“One must put up the building of art and tear it down again,” he says.

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