Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Dietrich Wegner


Dietrich Wegner, Cumulous Brand, Sabine Sitting Up, 2009

Dietrich Wegner, Cumulous Brand, Bill


Dietrich Wegner, Cumulous Brand, Sabine & Sebastian, 2009

Dietrich Wegner, Cumulous Brand, Sebastian as Auntie Gretchen, 2009

Dietrich Wegner, Cumulous Brand, Sebastian as Grandma Sue, 2009

Dietrich Wegner, Cumulous Brand, Sebastian as Grandma Susan


Dietrich Wegner, Cumulous Brand, SEbastian in the Park, 2008


Dietrich Wegner, Cumulous Brand

Dietrich Wegner. Cumulous Brand, Cladia, Beatrice, and Sebastian, 2009




Every society accumulates contradictions amidst their ideals. Dietrich Wegner employs those contradictions, situating opposites together in sculpture and photography that feed on the friction between two conflicting ideas. When an image stands in limbo, between associations, it occupies a flexible place in our mind. Wegner creates images that are safe and unsettling, abject and beautiful. Some of his work shows us how a mushroom cloud can resemble a tree house, an anus a vortex, a suicide bomber a vulnerable human being, all in an effort to explore our varied states of contentment and security. In other works, such as in Cumulous Brand, babies are covered in multicolored tattoos in a meditation on how our identities evolve and how we declare them.

Often Wegner chooses materials that contradict an aspect of an image while striving towards a realistic depiction of the image. A mushroom cloud is fluffy like synthetic cotton, yet a Poly-fil mushroom cloud becomes fun and cozy. A blood splat (such as in Red Field) is shiny and exciting, yet perhaps signifying something not so fun. Both a Poly-fil playhouse and a urethane blood splat are examples of material reflecting what an image looks like and contradicting the tone of what a subject feels like or “means”. Sometimes the material choice does not both challenge and support an image; the material may simply do one or the other. In these cases, when the material does little contradicting, the image(s) itself must create the limbo.

The ephemeral beauty of a mushroom cloud is frightening, how it floats for a minute, delicate and blooming, yet remains chaotic and utterly destructive. We experience a contradiction between what our eyes enjoy and what our mind knows. It is this conflicted experience Dietrich Wegner’s work strives to evoke in a viewer in order that we will have a sparked curiosity and unstable assumptions.



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15 comments:

sporkgasm said...

I really like him. I hadn't seen the babies. I love them.

Claire Kiefer said...

I really think the idea here is interesting: juxtaposition & playing with emotional discomfort. Of course, I'm especially drawn to the part in the artistic statement about portraying a suicide bomber as a vulnerable human being. I think that's the idea behind what I try to do with my poetry, a lot of the time.

These are fascinating and creepy, especially the plastic babies.

Lorena said...

How interesting..wait,
Isn't this like child abuse ?

diane said...

Love these, and I totally get it, as I know you do, so I won't go into the many reasons why.
Thanks for posting.

Jen said...

Totally hate it. Emotional discomfort is right!! Who needs more of that these days? NEXT!!!

SabinePsynopsis said...

As the text says: unsettling; but also intriguing.

Caroline said...

Hilarious. Except I don't much care for the plastic creepy babies...

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Dr Zibbs said...

Very cool!

cerebral e said...

Love it. Powerful.

Also makes me think of the weirdoes who have brand logos as tattoos and proudly display them as their online dating profile photos.

Camila Faria said...

Very intriguing. Definitely powerful images, I'm not sure if I like them. But the concept is interesting!

Kitty Stampede said...

Crazy!! a kind of "cradle" to the grave with all these symbols and logos? babies make for some interesting art projects. :P

and what's with the weird puppet baby out of nowhere. that totally threw me off. LOLOL.

mermaid gallery said...

I dislike contrived art...especially with innocent babies...That is just trying too hard...i mean really.....

melifaif said...

I thought they were completely cool, until I saw freak baby. You know which one I am talking about. And then the words!?! Completely freaked my sh*t.

Aline said...

i get it and i like it, but i don't like seeing the bottom half of naked babies.. it makes me uncomfortable!