January 23 – February 27, 2010
Dirk Rathke creates objects with painterly materials – wooden frames, canvas and paint – that go beyond the scope of the genre. This Berlin-based artist is part of a young generation that has developed fresh approaches to painting and has distinctive solutions in the geometric-abstract tradition. The relationship between line, area, space and movement is the main emphasis in Dirk Rathke’s artistic exploration.
With his room drawings, Rathke explores the dialectical conflict between two-dimensional surface and three-dimensional space. The same tension exists in his paintings. Exploiting the spatial potential in the surface of the canvas, Rathke zestfully bends, shifts and twists them out of axis.