Albert Oehlen: Sexe, Religion, Politique

Gagosian / Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London, Paris 2018
 

In the new paintings eccentric shapes and forms float untethered on the open surface. The self-appropriation of the tree motif and an allusion to the Fingermalerei (Finger Paintings) paintings is consistent with Oehlen's continual quest to reveal the process of painting and what occurs on the pictorial surface during that process .

The fields of bright yellow which serve as the background for the paintings is suggestive of sunshine and nature, yet the format of these works is not typical of a landscape or a vertical tree. Presented as a square, it engages with the geometric possibilities explored on the surface. Painted onto Alubond, an aluminium panel that offers an extremely smooth ground, the reduced black lines and forms dissect the picture plane, often extending beyond the support to open up the space in-between.

Combining impersonal gestures with bold geometric lines, Oehlen investigates the positive / negative opposition between the flat support and the texture of the paint as it dissolves and drips down the surface. Balancing the immediacy of free gesture with restricted mark-making along a template, the paintings oscillate between geometric rigidity and organic forms.

Publisher: Gagosian / Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London, Paris
Publication date: 2018
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 30 x 30.5 x 0.5 cm
Pages: 32
ISBN: 978-1-938748-67-7

€ 25.00€ 20.00

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Albert Oehlen

Sexe, Religion, Politique

57, rue du Temple, Paris

2018

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