- David Ostrowski
- F (Dann Lieber Nein)
- signed and dated 11 on the overlap
- lacquer, spray paint and wood on canvas
- 200 by 150cm.; 78 3/4 by 59in.
Private Collection, Austria
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner
A student of Albert Oehlen at the Dusseldorf Art Academy, the expressive passages of spray paint in F (Dann Lieber Nein) evoke the performative smudges that populate Ostrowski’s teacher’s oeuvre. Using his formal education as a point of departure, however, Ostrowski’s work engages with the Sisyphean task of de-skilling painting; adding and discarding colour and canvas without regard to strategy or chronology. As the artist explains: “I’m trying to neglect all of my painterly knowledge and ability in order to paint as a right-hander with my right hand as if it were the left one. I place the fast-paced agility of the hand before that of the mind… It’s an on-going struggle to unlearn and rediscover” (David Ostrowski quoted in: Brent Randall, ‘David Ostrowski’, Husk Magazine, 2013, online resource).