Dan Witz’s First Solo Exhibition in Germany
Good To Know: Removed from bespoke frame, professionally packed and stored, condition report available upon request.
Signature: Signed on verso
Arty-Fact: What The %$#@? (WTF) was the title of a solo exhibition held in 2010 showcasing the artist’s Dark Doings series, both inside the venue (White Walls Gallery) as well as on the streets of San Francisco. Known for his mastery of the visual deception of trompe-l’oeil and photorealistic painting techniques to create conceptual visual pranks, Suicide Girl is a visually brilliant example where shockingly unnoticeable art is placed on a city wall.
“I’m trying to exploit our collective tendency towards sleepwalking by inserting outrageous things right out there in plain view that are also practically invisible. My goal is to make obvious in your face art that 99% of the people who walk by won’t notice. Eventually when they stumble upon one or find out about it I’m hoping they’ll start wondering what else they’ve been missing.” - Dan Witz
Dan Witz has had one of the most sustained careers of any street artist. He is perhaps known best for his witty, trompe l’oeil stickers and silkscreen paste-up posters, such as “Holes” (1996-99), a series of pieces he pasted around Brooklyn that suggested holes in their respective surfaces. In recent years Witz has turned to painting, mining the city of New York for inspiration and combining traditional and digital tools in his intensive processes. He begins with digital photographs, edits them in Photoshop, and then prints the images onto canvas as achromatic underpaintings. Like the Dutch masters, Witz then applies color with traditional glazing techniques, allowing him to create illusions of depth, form, light, and shadow, as in Big Mosh Pit (2007), for which he drew on his experiences as a musician in the 1980s for subject matter.
American, b. 1957, Chicago, Illinois, based in Brooklyn, New York