Alfonso Artiaco is pleased to announce the opening of Albert Oehlen’s solo exhibition, on Saturday March 27th at 7.30 pm. The artist will attend the opening.
The new exhibition of Albert Oehlen at the Alfonso Artiaco gallery (the previous ones in 2002, 2003 and in 2009 at Capodimonte Museum, Naples) points out a further stage of his research through the painting, viewed and analysed by the artist through a constant questioning on its methods and meaning.
This continuous experimentation brings Oehlen to the attainment of works where the autonomy of the creation is claimed, without semantic needs and meant as a combinatory gesture of more elements.
In the recent works he adds to the unbroken reprocessing of traditional abstract oil painting a particular use of the colours, which often end up blurring the graphic structure underneath. The attempt is not of recalling the mechanisms of Action Painting, from which Oehlen moves away, but of utilizing the “act” like element among elements.
With this intent also the images, in these new paintings, are not quotes but formal parts in a composition, a composition not in the sense of organizing the space.
The artistic behaviour of Albert Oehlen is always the continuous discovery during the act of making the painting. These materials added, which often are the reproductions of images of newspapers or magazines, modified according to needs, become a technical, not symbolic starting point of the work. The artist is satisfied only when the result is a struggle amongst the formal elements. The absence of specific will is also the basis of his works where the images appear in a polemical and evocative way, such as “223” in which a woman’s breast is highlighted.
Although the evolution of the Albert Oehlen’s language during the last years, “the oil colours always have the last word”. The range of colours, the size of the brushes or the use made by the artist of his hands are the “themes” we can find from time to time in his paintings, the “ evocative element”, even if it is not intentional.
In the paintings of this exhibition “ the brutality” is only apparent. They are painted by hand and the final effect is as if the colours were dried carelessly; the chromatic variety astonishes, showing that the more precious colours are similar to the ones of the land; the violent signs of the fingers are mixed to the halting stroke of the brush. But everything looks to coexist on the same level.” (Fabrice Hergott)
Albert Oehlen, born in Krefeld in 1954, lives and works in Spain and Switzerland.