The German artist Dominik Halmer deals with one basic question in his work: What is the reason for making a painting? Respectively: How can one deal with the overload of the surrounding world?
One approach is to follow the idea of organizing the chaos and imbalance of a world that constantly forces one to act. The painting grows while attempting to explain or depict abstract coherences, processes, situations in life. A whole vocabulary of symbols and signs is set up.
A second approach puts its focus on the simple, existential wish to fortify ones own being in the world. The painting looks for a strong pictorial presence that is meant to be a real part of the world itself instead of just being a reference to reality.
Thereby Halmers permanent concern is to highlight the active and projective aspect of perception. Revealing how strongly perception and meaning in general are dependent on conventions and education, he urges the viewer to make individual evaluations and to create sense in an active process. …Read More