When the Politician Speaks (Oil on burlap on plywood, 21.3cm x 68.8cm, Dirk Marwig 2014)
“As you can see the Politician never says anything. It’s all just deceptive rhetoric! A self serving ‘This Way’ and ‘That Way’.”
The Constructivist-study- (Oil on hardened cardboard on plywood, 30.5cm x 43cm, Dirk Marwig 2014)
“This small painting is a study for a much larger painting. I hardly ever do a study but with this particular composition i needed to figure out the exact position of each element. My idea was to interlock 2 ‘Question Marks’, my eternal theme. If you turn the painting on it’s side you can recognize the 2 ‘Question Marks’.”
‘Lines’ Painting No.3 (Oil on burlap, 140cm x 100cm, Dirk Marwig 1996) -older work-
“Little by little I’m finding photos of my earlier work and uploading these onto my website. This one is the third “Lines” painting i did in 1996. I believe that it is in the Nikolaus Fischer private collection in Germany.”
Mind Cleaner (Oil on canvas, 122cm x 244cm, Dirk Marwig 2008)
“I just found the file of “Mind Cleaner” from 2008-this painting wasn’t on the site, I don’t know why. It’s a big painting that i made to clean my mind of all noise- to look at it really relaxes you because of it’s size, the seemingly simple lines, the monochrome titanium white with the mix of cobalt and ultra-marine blues and the impeccable execution with thousands of little brush strokes. I painted the whole “thing” with a small #6 brush! I really love this one because it’s so ‘Clean’(It was a pain in the ass though to photograph)”
Cartography, Organic, Random (Oil on plywood, 94.5cm x 75.7cm, Dirk Marwig 2013)
“I have always loved maps. Without thinking i started scratching thousands of lines all over the plywood board- added some colour and at the end of the day some kind of map appeared. Then the real work began: organizing the chaos until it made sense to me.”
Magic Square (Oil on wood panel, 60cm x 60cm, Dirk Marwig 2013)
“I used 8 colours in this painting -you can see them diagonally from the top left going down to the bottom right- then I made a grid of 64 squares and only using these 8 colours,mixing them with each other adding only white or grey filling in all 64 boxes starting from the left and moving to the right painting in columns”.
Predator (Oil and ink on wood panel, 51cm x 61cm, Dirk Marwig 2013)
I had this one in my studio for almost 2 years. Every time i looked at it i thought that it was finished, but because it was so dark i always wanted to ‘change’ it somehow. I never did though, and only now am i publishing it because it really is finished-that was my conclusion looking at it again today! (i’m such a dummy.)
Floor Plan A (Acrylic on Wood panel, 53.5cm x 53.5cm, Dirk Marwig 2013)
The perfect distribution of load bearing walls in a square floor plan. Light passes from all 4 ‘outside’ walls offering the perfect relation or balance of ‘private’ and ‘open’ space. ‘Floor Plan A’ is based entirely on the “Golden Section”,that’s why it works.
Understatement- Abort the Mundane (Oil on canvas, 107cm x 172.8cm, Dirk Marwig 2013)
In these times where the mediocre,banal,ordinary and uninspired are glorified (just watch daytime television or these fucked up reality shows)— It’s enough to make you gag. The ‘NO CULTURE’ culture really gets on my nerves. ‘Abort the Mundane’ once and for all. Death to “low brow”.
TRANSMIGRATION (Oil on wood panel,91.5cm x 122cm,Dirk Marwig 2013)
“This is a special painting.I captured something-a ghost-(it was a “male” ghost) and he was there throughout the process of this painting (1 week).
I was sharing my ‘space’ with something i did not understand but was not afraid of (i was in a very special “zone”-and this happens only a few times in ones life)- i felt like i was in good company,someone who ‘used’ me to say something about transcendence,hence the title:Transmigration( the migration of the soul)
I’m publishing this for the 2nd time because i saw that i had forgotten to include these words the first time i published this-probably no one gives a fuck,but i do this for myself and for the the sake of continuity.
You can see the ‘ghost’ in the upper middle part of the painting,a semi-profile of a dying man”.
THE BIG PAINTING (Oil on canvas, 200cm x 155cm, Dirk Marwig 1992)
“I used this painting as a “Map”,”Blueprint” or “Study” for all the Objects I constructed in the next 7 years after 1992. It took me 6 months to paint, 8-10 hours a day. I also was pretty poor at the time, painting it in the small laundry room of the apartment I had with my newlywed wife. Unfortunately, I still do not have a ‘good’ photo of this painting. It deserves a good photo because there is so much information on it and the detail is amazing. I used a small catalogue image which I scanned for the representation of this great painting. The quality of this scanned image is poor. I’m very sorry!”