The Mine (Bic-pen on stretched canvas, 79.5cm x 50.4cm, Dirk Marwig 2017)
Study for a new object (Bic-pen on thick drawing paper, 57cm x 76.2cm, Dirk Marwig 2016)
I got back from Spain and Germany 8 days ago(my first holiday in 3 years). Then while I watched the “presidential debate” I began to jot down all the nonsense being offered to the audience with a bic-pen on a large piece of paper. This is the result.
Flop World (Archival inks on paper, 22.9cm x 30.5cm, Dirk Marwig 2016)
Confined to the bed and sofa after a terrible “quadriceps tendon rupture” and the following surgery 2 weeks ago (I slipped and fell awkwardly while trying to collect a watering hose on the granite rock in my backyard- in a way funny!), the only thing I can do now is draw. All other projects have come to a halt. Bummer.
Mind-Shift -Don’t bug me- (Standing plywood construction with gesso and Bic-pen, 35cm x 23.5cm x 10.5cm, Dirk Marwig 2014)
I love working with Bic pens—It’s messy, raw, basic and spontaneous. This drawing/object brings out the cool qualities of the Bic-pen which almost every person on this planet has in their house. I need to do something like this once in a while to get me back to that ‘special’ Zone.
Genetic Memory of a Violent Death (Archival ink and oil on thick drawing paper, 35.5cm x 27.9cm, Dirk Marwig 2014)
“Everyone has “Genetic Memory” passed on to them by their ancestors. We can embrace or ignore this fact. This ‘automatic drawing’ depicts one of my frightening genetic memories, a nightmarish vision I frequently have. I have to tell myself: “Don’t think about this-Try to ignore it!” -This is a recurring theme in my work.”
‘Untitled’ 1995 (Oil chalk and watercolour on thick paper, 49.5cm x 67.5cm, Dirk Marwig 1995)
An example from 1995 of how my mind loves and processes geometry. I see this image of one of my earlier works and wonder how I managed this. This one seems so simple but if you try to reconstruct it exactly the way it appears, the mind starts to boil! The result transcends simple geometry. The photo was taken from the invitation of the 1996 show “Dirk Marwig, Papier Skulptur” at the Nikolaus Fischer Gallery in Frankfurt, Germany.
THE GIFT-ALICANTE- (Pigment ink on ‘Japan-paper’, 30cm x 40cm, Dirk Marwig 2008)
I was on holiday at easter time in Alicante (Spain) when I drew this. It was the “Semana Santa” with the ‘big procession’. All these people in the streets following or observing a statue of “Christ” which was carried from A to B. Really a cool sight! Mesmerizing. … but really I thought that most of the people who attended just wanted to party! Fiesta!
Back to Square One (Oil and archival ink on Japan paper, 28cm x 22cm, Dirk Marwig 2009)
This is what happens if you just let things happen without control: This little drawing/painting was in my studio for a very long time- I stepped on it, wrinkled it up and threw it away into the garbage bin, took it out of the garbage again, flattened it out and put it into the “to do” folder. When I had nothing to do one day I ironed it repaired the rip and applied a new layer of oil and voila :it worked! Basically it’s the same painting as before but with that special ingredient: the ‘magic’ of time, the ‘wear and tear’!
TO HELL AND BACK (Colored inks on acid free tape on paper,30cm x 22cm, Dirk Marwig 2006)
Whenever I feel like a loser(which is often), I look at my drawing from 2006 and find a little bit of hope. It makes me feel like everything is possible if I put my mind to it. Focus… Dream… and Lose Yourself in that Dream… and magic happens and everything is suddenly alright again.