Dirk Westphal

As an artist living and working in
Manhattan, it comes as no surprise to me that my work is varied and has many
influences, much in the same way that an urban environment is in a constant
process of renewal and decay. My work has evolved from performances where
entertainment and survivalist techniques collided including lawless gladiator
battles, photos of me posed with wrecked and abandoned cars and exercises in
gun-making all the way through to in-depth explorations of various peculiar or
overlooked artifacts of contemporary consumer culture.
 

Included in these investigations are  photographic sequences of snacks cakes
carved into various logos and designs to accentuate their fantastic artificial
colors. Also a series highlighting the beautiful colors of cough syrups and
mouthwashes. Other projects related to these are an exhaustive photo collection
and re-presentation of toothpastes from around the world. A definitive photo
collection of lower Manhattan payphones, photos of psychedelically colored oil
slicks from the streets of Chinatown, an extended set of  hyper-real photos of mutant goldfish
also from Chinatown, and then  a
photo project on damselfish collected 
from all over the world, followed by a digression into surfboard
fabrication in order to decorate the boards with my fish photos, just to name a
few of the larger bodies of work.

Typically I work on several projects at
once.I’m always collecting things
for each project over many years and adding to each collection constantly
re-working and re-doing themes/ideas and concepts as I change or the things
around me change.

Lately my work has become more about my own
personal process of interpreting and re-structuring the imagery that surrounds
my life, rather than the collecting part. The latest works are
collages/assemblage of all the different images I have taken or made over the
years including my own  editorial
photographic jobs  mixed with
advertisements, TV and anything /everything that is part of my visual
experience.

– Dirk Westphal

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