Exercise in Form and Perception (Freestanding and balanced plywood construction, 62cm x 52cm x 28cm, Dirk Marwig 2016)
I like to experiment with the ‘odd’ shape, angle or form.
Untitled 2016_ front and semi side view_ (Plywood construction with oil and nylon string, 101cm x 101cm x 5,5cm, Dirk Marwig 2016)
This is the result of the repetition of the same ‘free-form’ 26 times over. The 1st sequence of 13 being the full colour spectrum connected to the 2nd sequence of ‘the white to medium grey’ spectrum (also 13). After this each new composed ‘unit’ (13 in all) is connected to the next unit with the exact same ‘positioning’ until a full circle is achieved. Now something happens that I cannot explain (yet). My feeling tells me that it’s something interesting.
Mediterranean Chic -different angle- (Shaped plywood object with oil, 41cm x 80cm x 25.5cm, Dirk Marwig 2016)
This was fun to photograph. It has so many cool angles because of the ‘shape’ and ‘bend’ given to the plywood. On top of that the distorted lines with 2 external “flight points” which correspond to the ‘essence’ or flow of the shape. This piece is based on the distillation of “Associations” connected to the ‘Mediterranean’, my way of seeing, of course. Timeless!
Anisotropic (Plywood and plexiglass construction with LED lights, cable ties and remote ctrl., 182.5cm x 49cm x 4cm (base: 36cm x 41cm) Dirk Marwig 2016)
Anisotropy is the property of being directionally dependent. An example of anisotropy is the light coming through a polarizer. Another is wood, which is easier to split along its grain than against it. In physics cosmic anisotropy has been seen in the alignment of galaxies’ rotation axes and polarisation angles of quasars. Physicists use the term anisotropy to describe direction-dependent properties of materials. For example: Wood is a naturally anisotropic material. Its properties vary widely when measured with or against the growth grain. For example, wood’s strength and hardness is different for the same sample measured in different orientations.
LAMP Dirk Marwig 2015 (Plywood, plexiglass and cable tie construction with LED lights and dimmer, 69cm x 31cm x 17cm, Dirk Marwig 2015)
I’m in the “making something useful for the house” mode and so after making 3 chairs I now finished a “lamp”. I only used plywood and plexiglass rest cuts that were in my studio.
Everything is only a Trick (Free-standing plywood construction with titanium white oil wash, 75cm x 63cm x 14.6cm, Dirk Marwig 2015)
Here’s the ‘Trick’ : This object is perfectly balanced from the inside and that’s why it stands on any hard and level surface the way you see it in the photo. It won’t fall unless you push it. -If you look at it long enough(squinting) it even looks “embossed”! “Everything is only a Trick” carries the ‘Golden Section’ as it’s DNA. I was asked by more than one person: Did you cut all pieces by hand? -My answer was: I cut everything by hand with a variable speed jig saw. Precision is my ‘weapon’. I always use basic tools that anyone would have in their studio/workshop. This piece had zero ‘waste’, meaning I made no mistakes and didn’t have to recut shapes – this rarely happens! Yes. No Mystery. Does this fact make it less?
Headdress for the Divine Benevolent -side view- (Wearable plywood object with nylon string and high pigment lacquer, 78cm x 75cm x 82cm, Dirk Marwig 2015)
This is the side view of “Headdress for the Divine Benevolent”. It’s like the shoe of Cinderella: it will fit only the person to whom it is intended. I made this for my girl-friend for her birthday, only to wear for ceremonies, of course.
Manolo-Litho (Cedar and plywood construction with enamel, 164cm x 43cm x 24.5cm, Dirk Marwig 2015)
My art always seems to look like comic or cartoon-ish versions of ideas that I carry with me all the time. I often ask myself the question if what I do is the work of an imbecile or the opposite. This object shows what I meant in the last sentence! The bottom plywood pieces are 19 “Golden Rectangles”, the size relating to the height of the cedar.
T.W.I.R.P. -3 angles- (Cedar-and Bloodwood, titanium white wood-oil wash, 88cm x 31.5cm x 14cm, Dirk Marwig 2015)
T.W.I.R.P. stands for: True Wisdom In Relative Paradigms. -Everything can be viewed in a different way (just like changing the lens of the the camera the subject suddenly changes it’s appearance and is replaced by a new one. One appearance is replaced by another simply by changing the lens through which the subject is observed. Philosophically speaking this applies to “Truths”, Concepts and Theories of every kind. What is considered an “absolute” Truth is therefore no longer valid. This little, annoying and ever-present TWIRP reminds you to ‘take your world of ideas’ not to seriously and to be just a little bit more “humble” because NOTHING is “ABSOLUTE”(not even the last sentence)! This object looks like something from the Past or of of the Future, something ever Present.
Henry Moore on Acid (Cherry wood object, 53.5cm x 47cm x 36.5cm, 15.8 kg, Dirk Marwig 2015)
This is just 1 angle of “Henry Moore on Acid”. There are hundreds of them. Since a “trip” doesn’t have a ‘fixed point of view’, this object complies perfectly- many points of view flowing into each other, with only one trip!
Mustang (Old 25m extension cable with cable ties, 70cm x 95cm, Dirk Marwig 2015)
*I used one old 25m long extension cable (not cutting it up!), simply rolling and folding it and holding the shapes in place with cable ties. Anything can be transformed into something timeless and beautiful just with a little love and time. I began in the middle (where the eye is) and worked my way to the outside (lower left). It’s like a quick sketch/drawing-but done with a semi rigid material, a flowing maze by the work of a crazy person(which I have to be, I guess). ELECTRIC! Screw the ‘philistines’ of this world!
Fanfarone Testosterone -side B- (Cardboard construction with plywood inlay and encasing and bloodwood base; colour: oil and high pigment lacquer, 191cm x 83cm x 20cm, Dirk Marwig 2015)
This entertaining and slightly awkward trait of the primitive “macho” who shows off all his colours during the mating season in order to produce and show himself off has always put a smirkish smile on my face! Still does.
The Place of Lovely Ideas (-wall object- plywood construction with oil and string, 51cm x 72.5cm x 3.5cm, Dirk Marwig 2015)
* When I finish a piece like this one I feel very lucky.
It unlocks something special. It is full of contradictions that play together and therefore reach another level altogether. The cycle of Contradiction and Juxtaposition working their magic. Beyond words. Private. Intimate.
The Deal / El Trato (Cedar wall object, 78cm x 90.5cm x 3.2cm, Dirk Marwig 2014)
-Every ‘deal'(trato in spanish) has a detailed, limited framework on which 2 parties(or more) agree upon. The framework has a distinct ‘make-up’ only known to the parties involved – all ‘outsiders’ are excluded. So the framework becomes another- the 3rd element. Together all 3 elements form one’whole’ unit. The ‘handshake’ being the ‘glue’, the finalization or the manifestation of the Deal.
Margareta (-Plywood construction-plywood and fishing line, 48.5cm x 28.5cm x 38cm, Dirk Marwig 2014)
Sometimes ‘it’ just happens: with my kind of twisted logic I cut various pieces of plywood rests at a particular angle, assorted the cut pieces according to size and then started sewing the pieces together. Without thinking or expecting something great to happen I then connected the 2 extremes and with surprise, suddenly came the idea. I made a few more pieces and the idea came to life: the object you see in the photo. During the construction “it” fell 3 times from my work table to the ground- “it” never broke despite it’s fragile appearance.
Balkonien (Plywood construction-wall object-, 85.3cm x 80.2cm x 4,5cm, Dirk Marwig 2014)
“Balkonien” the resort on the balcony(‘Balkon’ in german). If you can’t afford to go anywhere on vacation, you can always go to Balkonien!
-I used 32 ‘Golden Rectangles’, dissected them into their major components (2 triangles or 3 proportionate squares for one rectangle) then reassembled them to construct this wall object.
-If you look closely the “Golden Rectangle” appears everywhere: for example: negative space + positive space = a Golden rectangle or just look at the positive spaces: large and small ‘Golden Rectangles’ appear everywhere, even overlapping each other. It’s like ‘filling in’ the missing line(s) to construct the perfect rectangle with your mind.
Medium (Plywood construction with nylon string – kinetic object-, 65cm x 86cm x 41cm, Dirk Marwig 2014)
I always wanted to make a ‘mobile’ or a ‘kinetic object’ with perfect balance but not with ‘wire’ because for some reason I don’t like ‘wire’. This plywood object hangs from the ceiling with a nylon string and moves, shakes and turns according to the air current in the space.
Project Reveen (Plywood construction, 158cm x 36cm x 21.5cm, Dirk Marwig 2014)
The idea for ‘Project Reveen’ came to me in a flash of a second, the little drawing of what the project would look like was done in 2 minutes but the execution and finishing of the construction/object took me a little over 2 weeks. I had to keep myself focused because it was so boring to cut and assemble all that plywood (like working in a factory)!
New Balance -side view-(Free-standing “restored construction site wood” object, leather and special lacquer, 101cm x 53cm x 9cm, Dirk Marwig 2014)
This is the full side view of “New Balance”. This free standing object will not fall over unless you push it! (Just like the ‘Junkie’ on the street wearing those New Balance runners!)
Sweet Delicate Thing (Old Drum skin, Plex-glass, Orange string + Blood wood base, 97cm x 43.5cm x 8cm, Dirk Marwig 2014)
-This object glows from the inside. It transmits a calm, warm glow; delicate,sweet and tranquil.
This object again is a metaphor: The drum skin has been beaten and banged up all of it’s life to the delight and enjoyment of others. Yet still it remains intact(more or less).Now it resonates beautifully but silently with dignity and honour emitting a kind of ‘love’, a kind of strength that we can only aspire to.
Hommage to Defiance-side view- (Lacquered plywood construction with plexi-glass base, 44cm x 47.3cm x 7.5cm, Dirk Marwig 2014)
-This object is based entirely on the “Golden Rectangle”. The ‘Golden Section’ or the ‘Divine Section’ can be seen clearly if you look at where the red lines intersect. Also notice how the red lines run perfectly parallel and perpendicular to the surface it stands on.
This object could be made a lot larger. Actually, it could be a cool building! -I chose this size because I had the plywood for it available in my studio. The object balances perfectly on top of the the little plexi-glass cube, giving the illusion of defying gravity. But how does it balance in the first place with such unequal weight distribution? hmmm…
‘Hommage to Defiance” is an hommage to basically all kinds of ‘Defiance’. Don’t let “RULES” or “LAWS” get in your way or stop you from expressing what you have to say to the world(not harming others, of course)!
Hommage to Defiance -semi side view- (Lacquered plywood construction with plexi-glass base, 44cm x 47.3cm x 7.5cm, Dirk Marwig 2014)
Using the “Golden Rectangle” and the the “Golden Section” I built this new object, giving ‘minimalism’ that extra little ‘twist’ of the defiance of gravity. Eat your heart out, Donald Judd!
Time = Energy Model (Falsecypress, plywood, plexi-glass and waxed string, 70.5cm x 45cm x 10.5cm, Dirk Marwig 2014)
“I have always been obsessed with the concept of “Time”(‘Zeit’, in German), it’s behaviour and inconsistencies. I believe that “Time” is Energy and that like all other energies can somehow (in the future) be fully understood and positively applied.”
Wanna Dance? Quieres Bailar? (Foam Rubber, glue ,gesso, oil and plywood, 107cm x 45cm x 45cm, Dirk Marwig 2014)
I’m sure this is a situation that many of us have encountered:…in a club, out of your mind and suddenly someone asks you to to dance…you look at them and they look like this! hahaha. You think: “I must switch drugs, this does not look good, …bad trip!”
The Dance of Captivity ( 6 wooden coat hangers cut through the centre then reassembled, gold leaf and glue, 50cm x 94cm, Dirk Marwig 2014)
Three dancing girls or ballerinas that also look like a piece of barbed wire. This ‘Dance of Captivity’ can be used as a metaphor for many situations in life. It could also be a good logo for the North Korean Ballet Company! – Dedicated to Norma Duval. Legs Up and Over! Can Can.
Function Unknown (Plywood construction painted white with maple base, 79cm x 40cm x 30cm, Dirk Marwig 2014)
This object is dedicated to all the artifacts produced by intelligent human-like lifeforms on this planet dating back for more than 2 Billion Years. Yes 2 Billion Years! Our evolutionary timeline is very “Filtered” and therefore a faulty one. Archeological findings providing hard evidence of “human activity”dating back 2 Billion years are simply ignored because they DO NOT SUPPORT the evolutionary theories ‘sold’ to us (the public). Check out “Forbidden Archeology”by Michael Cremo and you can decide!
Frau Institut Direktor with Hubby aka Schraege Figuren -full front view- (Cardboard construction with plywood backing and glue, 47.5cm x 50.5cm x 16cm, Dirk Marwig 2014)
The German title “Schraege Figuren” which in English translates to “Weird/Sketchy Figures” makes me smile… like lurking people in a dark ally, up to no good!
Rearview No.2 (Plexi-Glass and plywood mounted on maplewood, 45cm x 30.5cm x 4.2cm, Dirk Marwig 2014)
“This is the second “Rearview” object. I made the first one back in 1997 and it sold to a collector in the Frankfurt area. This object stayed in my mind and now 17 years later I decided to do a variation on it.”
FLOW LIGHT OBJECT with Stand (Plexi-Glass construction, Dirk Marwig 1997)
“This is how the ‘Flow Light Object’ originally was presented in 1997. This pic was taken in my home(you can see the”Big Painting” and a few other furniture pieces as well).It was shown at an art expo in Valencia, Spain that same year. At a party in 1998 at my house someone accidentally SAT on the plexiglass construction(thinking it was a chair) and crushed the damned thing. The only thing that survived was the top part, which still works and is at my friend’s(Henar Diez Villar) house in Madrid.”
Klondike semi side view (Maplewood, 29.5cm x 55.5cm x 3.4cm, Dirk Marwig 2013)
“This is the semi-side-top view of Klondike- here you can see very well the “positive-negative 3/4 flip” effect. I named it “Klondike” for that same reason: The positive to negative transition- most people went to the Klondike with high hopes(positive) but most of the prospectors left with less than they arrived with(negative)!”
Klondike (Maplewood, 29.5cm x 55.5cm x 3.4cm, Dirk Marwig 2013)
“I cut 336 ‘golden ratio’ rhombi, laying them out in sets of 3, then distributing them into 16 columns and 7 rows (according to thickness), then reversed 1/3 of 4 rows(thin to thick) and when the 5th row came along i reversed the process column-wise to create this ‘positive to negative, midway ‘Flip’ + transition’ object.”
Geometrix One (Bamboo and Zap-strap construction, 86.2cm x 52cm x 52cm, Dirk Marwig 2013)
“I assembled mid-size pieces of bamboo, which i cut into pentagons, squares and triangles connecting them with ‘Zap straps’ or ‘cable ties’ to build this object.”
You can see more angles of ‘Geometrix One’ in my “Blog” section of this site.
Bucky-Ball C-60 Molecule Regular -Various Angles- (Bamboo and “Zap-Strap” construction, 43.5cm x 43.5cm x 43.5cm, Dirk Marwig 2013)
“In this object I wanted to see if i could cut a perfect angles on bamboo(which i collected over time in the back yard) and then connect all the pieces somehow with nylon’Zap-Strap’ to form a regular,symmetrical C-60 molecule, or “Bucky-Ball”,as it is known. This was very difficult to do because the bamboo pieces were irregular, some thinner, some were thick and others were slightly bent. So i first had to arrange all the pieces according to ‘length’, ‘thickness’, ‘curvature’ and ‘stability’ then put them together in a way that an equilibrium was achieved.”
More Fun Upstairs! (Cut-up,oil paint drenched micro fibe-cloth glued onto plywood board, 100.3cm x 58cm, Dirk Marwig 2013)
This piece is not something that happened at random. “More Fun Upstairs” has the ‘Golden Dimensions’ of the “Golden Rectangle” completely embedded in in every space and distance (positive/negative). It’s also “More Fun Upstairs” in real life. I speak from experience. I lived upstairs and definitely had more fun than the people below me!
Above the Mundane (Hemlock wood, Oil + Plexi-Glass, 79cm x 30.5cm x 30cm, Dirk Marwig 2013)
This object is made from an old weathered hemlock log, the end of which I painted red. After a few years I cut 3 inches off the end of this very old log and then cut out 13 ‘year rings’ then reassembled it, pushing each ring out a little more than the last. Then I made the ‘Plexi-Glass’ base so the object receives it’s deserved ‘elevated’ status.
-How I made this object might be interesting but what I think is important is the reasoning behind it, the idea, the concept and what it projects(this applies to all of my work, needless to say).
La Gloriosa or “Glorious,Decaying Empire” (Douglas Fir, wood glue, wood oil, 227.5cm x 28cm x 18cm, Dirk Marwig 2013)
(full frontal view)
*This was a big slice of Douglas Fir which first I turned into a perfect rectangular “block”. The newly created “block” had the “Golden Rectangle” shape or the ‘divine proportions/dimensions’. Then I wildly started to cut the block apart , saving all the pieces and splinters and then began to glue them back together again keeping the “golden section” in mind.
It began to look like the “Empire State Building”, The “Statue of Liberty” and “Decaying Detroit” all in one and that’s how I kept it.
In a way it was an experiment to see: “if I cut up “perfection” and then reassemble it(in this case stacking it), will the result still be perfect, i.e.: interesting and “pleasing”?
Golden Section Construction (36 recycled packaging plywood golden section rectangles,wood glue,staples,77cm x 59cm x 50cm,Dirk Marwig 2013)
This post shows how I created the “divine Angle” of 137.5º going about it in my dyslexic way:
-This is just a model using 36 recycled (packaging plywood) golden section rectangles.(6 rectangles per ‘story'(6 ‘stories’) all connected at the “Golden Mean”, then stacked.
I hate to throw materials away without playing with them first. This construction can be made out of other materials, of course, and stacked infinitely if you cut the rectangles slightly smaller and smaller as it grows in hight. It would spiral upward perfectly close to the divine angle of 137.5 degrees! Maybe one day I’ll build the real thing. This could be a cool building!
In the background you can see part of the painting ‘TV’ (Oil on canvas,140cm x 208.7cm,Dirk Marwig 2013)
Crazy Horse (Plywood construction, 55cm x 66.5cm x 22cm, Dirk Marwig 12.12.2012 !!)
In my childhood my family lived close to the Crazy Horse Monument near Rapid City South Dakota U.S.A…. This monument dedicated to Crazy Horse impressed me as a boy, not only because of it size but because the “Black Hills” were the sacred mountains of the Sioux. A few miles down the road was the “Mount Rushmore” monument-the one with the 4 presidents-in the heart of the Sioux territory! -I always thought that this was very strange and screwed up- but because history is always written by the victors it was a statement of power and control, 2 terms I cannot stand! Like all my work “Crazy Horse just happened. Somehow it also reminds me of the “Crazy Horse” burlesque theatre in Paris! So the title “Crazy Horse” made a lot of sense to me.
Not That One! (Shaped/deformed 12 inch Record -object- , Dirk Marwig 2012)
Sometimes, when I used to DJ my ex-wife used to be in the booth with me and she would shout: “Not That One!”-in reference to a record I was about to put on. Hence the object and the title. Memory. The photo of my hand was a hand-selfie to demonstrate the procedure!
FLOW LIGHT OBJECT (Plexi-Glass, fluorescent light, 34cm x 75cm x 13cm, Dirk Marwig 1997)
*The only tools I used to make this object were: a pencil, a screw driver, a ruler, a few clamps, a heat gun(to bend the shape), a drill, a multiple speed jig saw and fine sand-paper. The plexi-glass was found in the ‘rest-cut trash bin’ at the ‘Resopal’ plastics store in Madrid.
BRUCE ALWAYS POPS UP AGAIN! (Plywood construction with cotton cloth and oil, 42cm x 49.5cm x 1.7cm, Dirk Marwig 2012)
Bruce Lee always formed a big part of my life: the martial artist but much more the philosopher. I dedicated this object to him. Kitsch transformed. “Be like water” is one of Bruce Lee’s most famous quotes- I always try!
DYSFUNCTIONAL (Plywood object, 35.5cm x 59.5cm x 15.3cm, Dirk Marwig 2008)
-I’m pretty practical and to my mind everything can have a purpose and could be put to “use”. With this object I simply made the choice to ‘keep it dysfunctional’! ‘To keep it open’, as they say. Simple as that. Of course, I could put a slab of glass on it or use it to put umbrellas in or put my TV “cable box”(which in reality is the case!) or magazines into it… the possibilities for practical “use” and application are almost endless if you put your mind to it. That’s why I kept it “Dysfunctional” in order to ‘open up that door’ of possibilities in the mind of the spectator.
DIRK MARWIG “ALL IN THE MIND” @ Nikolaus Fischer Gallery,Frankfurt 1996)
The object “All in the Mind”(in the front) shows what our existence is all about: we only THINK that we THINK(we are owned and controlled) and we can only do what we Think! It’s all a big hoax and we are not laughing and if we are laughing, we are either unaware of this fact(in which case it would be good to get some information), dumb or on drugs.
DIRK MARWIG 1996 (Hardwood+wooden pole construction(300cm x 75cm x 60cm), and 2 plywood constructions,Dirk Marwig, Nikolaus Fischer Gallery,Franfkfurt, Germany 1996)
The object “All in the Mind” shows what our existence is all about: we only THINK that we THINK(we are controlled!) and we can only do what we think! It’s all a big hoax and we are not laughing and if we are laughing, we are on drugs.(This is a different view)
Untitled Object at Frankfurt Opera (5000 Plywood discs, aluminum poles, 500cm x 100cm x 105cm, Dirk Marwig 1997)
This took me 1 1/2 years to make: I would cut a few discs whenever I felt like it… never more than 20cm in a ‘go’. Each disc is signed, dated and has “DM + PS = :heart:″ written on it. 5000 times! The ceiling in the Chagall Room(It’s called that because right next to my object are like 10 Marc Chagall paintings) is 13m high, the object is 5m high, so a normal sized person would reach a little above the ‘name tag’ which is on the wall -(lower left).
TWISTER, ALL IN THE MIND, SENSO GRAMM (Dirk Marwig at Nikolaus Fischer Gallery,Frankfurt, Germany 1996)
The object “All in the Mind” shows what our existence is all about: we only THINK that we THINK(we are controlled!) and we can only do what we think! It’s all a big hoax and we are not laughing and if we are we are on drugs.
MURRAY’S(GELL-MANN) WORLD – “Quark Model” (Wooden dowels,glue,rubber bands,oil stick,47cm x 56cmx x26cm, Dirk Marwig 1998, Madrid)
“This object is a variation on the by Murray Gell-Mann devised Quark model. A Quark is an elementary particle and a fundamental constituent of matter. I made this object without any prior knowledge of this model or Murray Gell-Mann – I just let pure intuition guide me, i did not think and this is what happened. Later i discovered the Quark model in a physics book!”
WELCOME INFILTRATOR (16x the McDonald’s Logo) Dirk Marwig 1998
(Stainless Steel+red leather straps,71cm x 135cm x 31.5cm, Dirk Marwig 1998, Madrid)
The McDonald’s logo 16 times. That stupid logo! McDonald’s did not want to buy it. They said that the”Golden Arches” of their Logo were misrepresented in my “Welcome Infiltrator” object. Repetition makes the McDonald’s logo disappear. What remains is a mix of something evil from the Vatican and sharp cutting butcher blades. Welcome!
STILL LOADING… (Super ‘Kitsch’ object: 3000pcs -puzzle-+ gilded plywood, 185cm x 103.5cm x 4.5cm, Dirk Marwig 2009)
The finished puzzle(for me) is very kitschy and not worth talking about. I do though, like the ‘idea’/’concept’ of the puzzle itself. It’s funny that I never get tired of this “Super Kitsch” wall object- something about it that makes me love it.