Philipp von Rosen, Cologne
Philipp von Rosen gallery presents a solo show by German artist Walter Dahn.
Walter Dahn studied under Joseph Beuys at the Art Academy Düsseldorf in the 1970s and later gained international recognition as one of the leading figures of the artist group “Mülheimer Freiheit” and the “Junge Wilde” movement of the 1980s. After exploring a variety of different mediums, including photography, Dahn currently concentrates on drawing, painting and silkscreen printing, drawing inspiration from found images, song texts and poetry, blending pop culture and more personal artistic content.
As a base for his watercolors Walter Dahn uses a variety of found, used or recycled papers such as flyers, wrappers, envelopes and stationary (instead of new pre-fabricated paper), making them a cross between drawings and collages. Some of these works date back to the time he was still a student under Joseph Beuys, some are newer creations. Content-wise these small scale works deal with the human being, his housing, the landscapes in which he lives, the objects that he deals with. No clear statements can be expected but rather painted poems, atmospheres, vibes, that can be understood and experienced, but must not necessarily be analyzed.
Comparable works on paper have been collected by institutions such as the art collection of the Bundesrepublik Deutschland, the Kunstmuseum Basel, MMK Frankfurt/Main, Museum Ludwig Cologne, Collection Ringier Switzerland or the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.