Subtle Complexity: Artwork by Dirk Stewen
Untitled, inkjet prints, ink on paper, vintage paper, fabric, steel needles
Dirk Stewen lives and works in Hamburg, Germany, creating ethereal works on paper that utilize a variety of media and techniques. His abstract works on paper exhibit subtle complexity while utilizing a desaturated colour palette.
Stewen often incorporates photographs and embroidery or thread into his works. The photographs tend to be either obscured or faded, so the imagery they offer is in keeping with the overall abstract aesthetic. The threads, sometimes hanging across the surface of a work and sometimes woven into it, provide an extra element of tactility that also serves to draw the eye around the work.
Untitled, Hamburg, inkjet print, gouache, paper streamer, silver foil, white confetti, thread and tape on paper
Occasionally Stewen incorporates washed-out, pastel colours into his artworks, often in the form of very light blue tones. Sometimes these are simple blocks of colour while other times they represent silhouetted objects that fade into the background of a work. These colours contrasted with the slight yellowed tone of the antique paper the artist favours makes for a beautifully light contrast.
Untitled (Linksrum), ink and cotton on paper, inkjet print, vintage paper