Bright Matter by Christoph Dahlhausen in La Estacion Arte Contemporáneo.
Christoph Dahlhausen is a specialist on facades, art in architecture, installations, glass and glass walls and commission projects.
It is clear that this artist does not think and work on a small scale, but intends to find new order and dimensions, which focus light, reflection and often glass.
For some years already Dahlhausen is active dealing with large-scale glass facades worldwide. He covers the facades with colored translucent vinyl, which define interior spaces anew, through sunlight projection or by its shadows that come up.
Dahlhausen uses glass and light, the natural light as well as the artificial one and brings it to a harmonic combination. He finds a "signed specific situation" with these new elements.
Art projects led Dahlhausen to countries and art institutions all over the world. He realized installations in Europe, America, South America, as well as in Australia and New Zealand.
Anyhow Dahlhausen' starting point is always the space, the location itself and it specific details. He accepts the existing reality and responses to the preconditions of the space. This is typical for his approach. He goes back to basic forms, either from inside or outside, permanently or temporarily.
Always the recipient finds light reflections and walks into sort of light traps. The eye might get seduced and mislead to accept some details to be newly defined and to find a new formulation for known phenomena.
Related to work of Dahlhausen art historians find words like light trap, reflection on light and Perception, honoring the moment, comment to the idea of time, ideas on the metaphysics of glass, or discuss whether the window is a hole in the wall and so on. But finally they define Christoph Dahlhausen as an explorer in color or a painter of light.
Dahlhausen does not paint. The light paints for him. Therefore he does not need brush or palette. He is part of a family of artists who do the familiar, artists like Spencer Finch, Dan Flavin or Dan Graham.
It is obvious that Dahlhausen means the reflection on the mind and the thoughts as well, when he talks and works on the reflection of light. His work titles have certain meanings, they intend to get people started to find himself as part of the world or space in which the art piece has changed the appearance of the reality. They want the recipient to get involved on a basic level.
Dahlhausen' pieces breath a permanent aspect even if it is a temporary work. Their character aims to live for long. The visitors and recipients get the feeling the work has to stay for long, if not forever. The pieces are part of a permanently changing and living history, which needs time to find its way into life!
Any space, Dahlhausen uses, organizes or configures receives some extremely positive impulse, that remains even if the work has left already after the show is over. No Moment of history will become obliterated.