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Walter Dahn

Galerie Vera Munro

Years ago Walter Dahn remarked that he could well imagine giving up painting someday. He no longer wanted to be branded with the stigma of being a painter. But it was not painting, said Dahn, that was the problem; it was the motivation for painting. After all, images can be produced by means other than brushes and paint as well: by printing, or photography, or film, for instance.

For a long time now Dahn has been working with a new way of making images. He uses panes of glass—all of them retrieved from old greenhouses or torn-down houses—as a ground for his image ideas. The majority of the works here were such glass panes. Dahn left them in the state in which he found them, broken almost without exception, and transferred his images onto them using silk screen, paint, dirt, or shellac. As always with his paintings, the subjects were extremely varied. From Stigma, 1990, an image of a stimatized

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