Complementary contrast is one subject that Sven Dirkmann explores in his works. Sven confronted himself with the search for negatives for the first time in 2010 while studying graphic design and photography at the Folkwang University in Essen. He has been studying fine art and sculpture at the art academy Duesseldorf under Franka Hornschemeyer since 2015. He further develops his knowledge of photography studies and transforms it into installations and sculptures. One material he frequently uses is latex. He applies this to certain room elements, such as windows, wall structures, etc. After removal, the latex forms the negative from the removed surface. It takes on the function of a negative image of a photograph and illustrates reality in a complementary state. Additionally, he creates sculptures that are alienated from its true purpose and formed into a new object. Here, he utilizes the purpose of certain objects and gives them a different perspective of meaning. His artistic work is dedicated to an examination of opposites, contradictions, contrasts, expediency. Thus, he seeks to put the viewer into a controversy with his work. A debate that can seem confusing, neutral, sterile or pleasant to the viewer. For the cooperation project, Sven has prepared two different works. The first being a paperwork, which lies on the ground above charcoal. On black papers, he paints net-like patterns with bleach and sticks these pieces of paper in several layers into a sculpture measuring two by three meters. The structure of the coal and the pattern of the paper give the viewer an impression of a satellite image of a city shot at night. In his second work, Sven shows an object made of leather. The leather strips sewn together on the bare wall reach different emotions. They look as if they can be touched, hugged or attracted and at the same time they are repulsive, unattractive and confusing.
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