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Dan Witz

Exhibition from May 23rd to July 24th 2009

Opening Saturday, May 23th 2009  18:00 - 21:00
Exhibition from May 23th to July 24, 2009
Thursday - Saturday 11:00 - 19:00


From the 80s, Dan Witz is internationally recognised for his practice of Street Art. He paints on the walls of New York small trompe-l'oeil such his "hoodies", faceless characters under their hoods. His perfect control of the painting techniques allows him to embellish the urban spaces by decorating them with birds, boats or with characters appearing behind railings. These mural artworks propose us a poetic vision of the city by sending us a social message tinged with humour.

Besides this work of streets, the paintings of Dan Witz reveal us a very personal vision of the suburb. The alarming urban atmosphere, which they reflect, reminds the painting of the ancient Flemish masters pushing the realism until the illness. Using all the resources of the oil painting, the artist mixes his urban references stemming from his experience of the street with a very classical culture. It appears from it a universe close to chaos.

The series of "Mosh Pit", troops of people or animals in movement, sends back to the punk rock choreography, which ritualises the violence. This heap of bodies without humanity invades all the space of the painting and gives the dizziness. The canvas of Dan Witz expresses with violence a vision of the human nature both seducing and uncomfortable.

Other approach, the “Night Paintings” restores a suburb without soul that seems to be classical and to have purified lines. The fronts of shops and houses in a quiet atmosphere come out the darkness thanks to a felted light that leaves an impression of void and mystery. The light, as a new tool and main subject of all the painter’s artwork, allows him to reveal the outlines of a blurred and horrible world in which each can get lost.

Dan Witz is also the portrait painter of the contemporary icons whose ghostly presence seems pious and silent, of the faces seized by the only beam of mobile phones. The alienation of our lifestyle mixing human heat and artificial radiation has rarely been revealed to us in such a subtle way. It is about a determinedly modern approach that transcends the classical representation of Madonnas in their halo of light to seize dangers and fears of the current society. 

ADDICT Galerie invites you to discover the fascinating world of the artist, at the exhibition, which will take place from May 23rd till July 24th, 2009. Dan Witz’s work, which throws a dark movie on the canvas, a vision of the society that, by means of intimacy, touches the main part of our preoccupations. 


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