Norwegian artist DOLK first time at Art Affars in Amsterdam
Dolk (b. 1979) is the alias that serves the Norwegian artist shown for the first time
in the Netherlands by Art Affairs - both at Amsterdam Art Fair, together with wellknown
sculptor Ewerdt Hilgemann, as well as the gallery address:
Veemkade 354 in Amsterdam.
His works have been exhibited globally in cities such as New York, London, Berlin and his native country: Oslo, Stavanger and Bergen. His critically acclaimed two part exhibition "Rip on / Rip off" marked a change in the artist’s nearly thirteen years’ experience as one of the most recognized street-artists. His well-known stencil-work was followed by a new, abstract, minimalistic and conceptual body of work e.g. by shredding posters and stapling the paper shreds to the canvas. The light reflected by the staples and the color of the paper shreds create a completely new reality, referring to traditional painterly means of expression, such as light and gesture, bringing a special atmosphere to the work. Destroying what was once considered beautiful, and restoring the original by using destruction to create something new, is the common thread in Dolk’s recent works.
This caused a feeling of uneasiness, or even antagonized the art audience, when Dolk introduced his method of “key-ing”: scratching the beautiful surface of a steel or aluminum plate. The scratches make one painfully aware of the blemish of what should be perfect. Dolk took this to an extreme and consequently disturbed art lovers internationally, when he recently put a new Lamborghini race car in the confines of the museum space and invited the public to scratch it.
In his latest works Dolk focusses on the tradition of colourfield painting and the severe abstract. The bold stroke of a paint roller across the surface adds a new dimension to the painterly vocabulary we are accustomed to. Here the gesture of demolishing at the same time is one of embellishing.
The artist works and lives in Bergen, Norway.