Archives for June 2012

Abstract Art in New York City

Albert Oehlen painting in Chelsea

Here I am standing beside a massive painting by Albert Oehlen that we saw at the Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea.  I love this artist’s work!  I especially like the colours and the use of reproduction in this piece (notice the colours of my collage and reproduction of our cottage photo in my last post??)  I am a little behind with posting about our recent trip to New York City earlier this month.  It’s my hope to post an album of photos on Facebook …. when I have a spare couple of hours!  Meanwhile, here is some info on Oehlen taken from the Gagosian website: 

Albert Oehlen
FM 38, 2011
Oil and paper on canvas
86 5/8 x 74 13/16 inches  (220 x 190 cm)

Albert Oehlen’s distinct oeuvre, characterized by its heterogeneity of method, palette, and genre, makes painting its subject as well as its medium. His indifference in working in collage, abstraction, and figuration enables a unique dialogue amid styles. In a process reminiscent of the Surrealists’ “exquisite corpse” exercise, one method seemingly spontaneously begets another, and a tattered piece of ephemera will become the foundation for a bold field of color. Computer-aided designs bring another dimension into the fold, juxtaposing the artist’s hand against the mark of the machine, and action and reaction weave into an amorphous visual language.

Albert Oehlen (b. 1954, Krefeld, Germany) lives and works in Germany, Switzerland, and Spain. His solo museum exhibitions include those at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1997); Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg (2002); Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami (2005); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2006); Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2009); Räume für Kunst, Freiburg, Germany (2010); and Carré d’Art, Nîmes (2011). A retrospective of his work was held at the Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne (2004–05).

Abstraction Structure & Form



Collage shadow box with etched glass

This is a photo of what I have started as a final assignment in the course “Abstraction Structure & Form” that I took with Wendy DeGros at the Vancouver Island School of Art.  In keeping with the 3-D collages I made for the show “Imperfect Memory” I created a collage with papers I had painted with acrylic and some commercial polka-dot paper and a cut up photo of our old family cottage that was printed on transparent orange and pink translucent paper, in the bottom of this 11″ X 14″wood cradle – it’s still a work in progress. 

I had done some “tracings” (by laying a piece of tracing paper over top and trace with a pencil) of the scraps of papers that lay on my work table.  I used the tracing designs to make a template from “mac tac” and lay it on the glass then used etching cream to etch the glass.  Now that I see it over the collage I realize the etched designs should be larger to make more of an impact.

Close-up of etched glass over collage

This assignment was to be a model for a site specific installation.  Wendy and I discussed where my design might work.  I had some fictional locations then she suggested it might work in the foyer of our home.  I have always wanted to do some kind of design on our glass door and this just might be the perfect opportunity!  The finished project may turn out to be a double-sided shadow box with glass etching mounted on a glass base with more 3-D pieces that come off the boxes.  This “sculpture” would sit on a ledge in our foyer then I would repeat some of the etched designs in a larger format on our front door.  I’m not sure John will agree with this idea but then he’s working in Vancouver now so …. stay tuned!

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