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Dietrich Wegner, Homeland
Dietrich Wegner, Homeland
2012

Every society accumulates contradictions amidst their ideals. Dietrich Wegner employs those contradictions, situating opposites together in sculpture and photography that feed on the friction between two conflicting ideas. When an image stands in limbo, between associations, it occupies a flexible place in our mind. Wegner creates images that are safe and unsettling, abject and beautiful. Some of his work shows us how a mushroom cloud can resemble a tree house, an anus a vortex, a suicide bomber a vulnerable human being, all in an effort to explore our varied states of contentment and security. In Homeland houses float on precarious stilts high in the air. Homeland contains several divergent images simultaneously. Perhaps these houses are elevated to depict their role in our American Dream. Maybe the stilts are simply an exaggeration of how we seclude ourselves for security. In either case our homes are a private safe space where we raise our families, where we can relax in the comfort of ourselves. These homes just happen to be propped up on stilts in the sky.