Australian-born artist Dietrich Wegner like to situate opposites together in sculpture and photography that feed on the friction between two conflicting ideas. Wegner creates images that are safe and unsettling, abject and beautiful. His work, Playhouse, shows us how a mushroom cloud can resemble a tree house in an effort to explore our varied states of contentment and security.
The ephemeral beauty of a mushroom cloud is frightening, how it floats for a minute, delicate and blooming, yet remains chaotic and utterly destructive. We experience a contradiction between what our eyes enjoy and what our mind knows. It is this conflicted experience Dietrich Wegner’s work strives to evoke in a viewer in order that we will have a sparked curiosity and unstable assumptions.
via Dietrich Wegner