Dolk (1979) is the pseudonym for the anonymous artist, who the last three years has transitioned from stencil art to monochromatic canvases, with a continuing interest and conceptual view at the relation between high and low art.
The critically acclaimed two-part exhibition "Rip on/ Rip off" marked the change in his transition from public space to the gallery, and in his newest exhibition“Feint” at Galleri Brandstrup, Dolk continues to develop of his new project turning away from the street.
His new works are reliant on their context, revolving around the relationship between recoating versus graffiti, in a minimalistic and strongly abstracted expression. The conflicting relationship between graffiti and recoating are really two separate elements from the cityscape, which is only united in the case of censure or as a result of disapproval. In Dolk’s works however, the two elements are brought together, frozen at a point of harmony and union, creating a form of reconciliation between them that only exists in withdrawing them from their original context.
Dolk uses boards in custom-made aluminum with a perfectly coated surface, of which he sprays on by using car paint, which he grades of different colors. As in his exhibition "Rip on/ Rip off", the car paint in “Feint” is associated with perfection, where he created scratches in the surface. For “Feint”, Dolk disrupts the perfect surface by using oversized paint rollers, creating an almost cliché like pattern commonly known from a paint roller of which has just been trolled in a paint pan. This pattern is inevitable, like an error covering another one.
In Dolk’s new series of paintings, the relationship between the polished canvas and the raw pattern is a relationship between high and low culture, as the perfect exterior of the aluminum canvas is being painted over in such a grand gesture. However, one cannot see pass the fact that the abstract expressionist tradition of the 1960’ies has put his mark on Dolk’s art. One can see the rawness of Robert Motherwell, the stripes of Frank Stella’s “Black Paintings” and the soft grading of Mark Rothko.