Final Days: Dirk Staschke “Wall Flowers” on ARTSY

Mark Moore Fine Art is very pleased to announce an exclusive ARTSY online exhibition of new work by artist DIRK STASCHKE. His current body of work explores the space between sculpture and painting and often uses meticulous representation as foil for examining skill and craft.


Staschke’s work often pushes artistic orthodoxy to the verge of absurdity. His Still Life works have become metaobjects that make abstract forms from sculptures of paintings of objects. He is interested in creating systems of change that start in earnest representation and move toward abstraction and accident. Simply put, Staschke create sculptures of paintings in ceramics that beget randomness from the recognizable. 

Dutch still life paintings, sometimes called Vanitas, are concerned with the futility of pleasure and the certainty of death. Religious in nature, the paintings also confer the belief that this world is somehow less real than the one that awaits. It is this modulation between the real and illusionistic that most interests me and ultimately makes my work about perception. 

In the latest show “Wall Flowers”, the work is a hybrid between these two ways of working. Sculptural forms have pressed themselves back into the two dimensional format of a painting. 

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He received his BFA from the University of Montevallo followed by an MFA from Alfred University and has maintained an ongoing studio practice and extensive exhibition record for the last twenty years. During this time, he has taught at many notable universities, including Alfred University and New York University. His work has been shown internationally and resides in the permanent collections of several museums including the Smithsonian Museum in Washington (DC), Icheon Museum, World Ceramic Center (Gwango-dong) South Korea, Portland Art Museum (OR). He has received various artist’s grants including grants from The Virginia Groot Foundation and the Canada Council on the Arts.

He Currently resides in Portland Oregon where he is a full time studio artist.

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