The majority of his creative persuasiveness is purchased by the visualization of human skin, that he has always been understanding as one of the most fascinating artistic challenges. He comprehends skin as a more or less transparent varnish above blood and bones.
The connection between weirdness and the return of the displacement, which is more than evident at the latest since Sigmund Freud, for Gross becomes the basis of art, not its shape. Far distant from illustrating a human-machine-virtuality Gross has found to a figurative balance and gives back its aura to the corporality.
In case of Dietmar Gross’ painting we experience an imagination of man with meanderings, a wide spanned arch from ancient painting to future possible, even necessary one, because it’s dealing with fractures of time. That is how his art conveys itself to us in its duality: beautiful and strange.
Dr. Elmar Zorn