Stefan à Wengen. Detected Dictionary

In the process of his »Detected Dictionary« series of works begun in 2014, Stefan à Wengen has been questioning his own spectrum of images and motifs.

Since the mid-1990s, the artist has already been working on larger groups of works on issues concerning cultural codes and cultural memory. In this series he consciously keeps the pictures in black and white with different gray shades, accentuating his technically sophisticated and detailed style of painting. Singularly depicted on a canvas measuring 30 x 25 cm and mounted on wood, they are instantly recognizable to the viewer and evoke different associations. Unlike a lexicon, his works have no one absolutely correct outcome to point out. The artist combines symbolic visual elements with a new, individual reality. À Wengen's imagery expresses themes of life and raises awareness of each individual's personal life experiences.



Artist: Stefan à Wengen
Editor: Ute Eggeling, Michael Beck
Text: Stefan à Wengen, Raimund Weyers
Design: Beck & Eggeling (Martina Löhle)


English, German
Softcover, 21 x 25 cm
80 pages, 53 illustrations


Available works of the artist

Stefan à Wengen, Detected Dictionary, 2018
Stefan à Wengen, Detected Dictionary, 2018
Stefan à Wengen, Detected Dictionary, 2018
Stefan à Wengen, Detected Dictionary, 2018
Stefan à Wengen, Version V, 2017
Stefan à Wengen, Version V, 2017
Stefan à Wengen, Detected Dictionary, 2017
Stefan à Wengen, Detected Dictionary, 2017
Stefan à Wengen, My Kingdom for a Horse #4, 2016
Stefan à Wengen, Version I, 2016
Stefan à Wengen, Version III, 2015
Stefan à Wengen, Version II, 2016
Stefan à Wengen, The Mission (In der Mitte der Nacht beginnt der neue Tag), 2015
Stefan à Wengen, Detected Dictionary, 2014
Stefan à Wengen, Detected Dictionary, 2014
Stefan à Wengen, The Occurrence II, 2011
Stefan à Wengen, Mission XV, 2010
Stefan à Wengen, The Escape, 2007
Stefan à Wengen, o. T., 2003
Stefan à Wengen, Baumhaus V., 2002
Stefan à Wengen, Swimming Pool, 2000

Associated exhibition

Stefan à Wengen. Detected Dictionary

Stefan à Wengen. Detected Dictionary

Dusseldorf / 30 April – 18 June 2015

Already since the mid-1990s, the artist has been dealing with questions regarding cultural codes and cultural memory in his larger work groups. In this series, he deliberately uses the colours bl...

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