Dirk Polak, singer of the cult band Mecano, makes Meccano works (paintings, objects, drawings) since 1977. At Radar Architecture and Art he will showed 25 pieces in June/July 2010. At the opening there has been be a small acoustic set to introduce the work.
There was an hommage to the great and enigmatic French writer Alfred Jarry, a collection of butterflies (Lepidoptera Mechanica), an hommage to the father of the artist, who died in the box ring at the age of 54 and of course a collection related to Dirk Polak's musical activities. The artist addressed every theme using a variety of techniques, where the Meccano pieces always remain the unifying element.
The work of Dirk Polak is entirely based on the toy Meccano, invented in 1901 by the Englishman Frank Hornby with the intention of educating the "engineers of tomorrow". Dirk Polak began to produce his works in the late seventies and still today his art draws inspiration from the English toy. He tries to combine his passion for Surrealism (De Chirico and Max Ernst), Dada, Futurism and Constructivism. Mysterious figures such as "The Thinker" The Boxer”, "Mechanical butterflies" or "The owl" populate his works, and are often placed in a dreamy and odd context. The result is amazingly strong and aggressive as a constructivist workand, at the same time, poetic and ambiguous like a surrealist piece. The toy intended for "engineers of tomorrow" becomes a form of art of visionary and evocative characteristics. The dichotomy of a child destined to lose its innocence and become a cold and pragmatic constructor is inverted: the artist looking at the world through the eyes of a child uses the mechanical toy to create poetic symbols whose sole purpose is to nourish the intellect and spirit.
The digital age made the Meccano toy old-fashioned, but the problems of a society based on the concepts of production - consumption - disposal have even increased. Thus putting an accent that stimulates deep reflection on the relationship machine – individual - dream appeared to us of extreme topicality and authenticity.