ALBERT OEHLEN | Untitled

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ALBERT OEHLEN
Untitled
signed and dated 2001 on the reverse
Inkjet and oil on canvas
82¾ by 65 in. 210 by 165 cm.

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Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin
Private Collection
Acquired by the present owner from the above

CATALOGUE NOTE
“Oehlen tries to do with painting what others (Coltrane, Zappa) have attempted in jazz or rock: to immerse the listener in a burst of overlapping, saturated and expansive strata, getting rid of any story-line since there is no beginning nor end. This all thrusts forward, like in a cathode with a tremendous current. A kind of machine that transforms signs into intensities (…) Oehlen’s painting-machine is a mixer that flings objects, images and traces into outer space.” - Pierre Sterckx in: “Albert Oehlen: Junk Screens", Exh. Cat., Auvergne, FRAC: Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Auvergne, Albert Oehlen, March - May 2005

Mirroring the overload of the information age, Albert Oehlen’s Untitled from 2001 is an endlessly engrossing cacophony of bold digital imagery and expressive oil. Exploding across a stark white backdrop, Oehlen’s computer-generated imagery appears corrupted or “hacked” to the point of illegibility, while his hand applied oil paint and spray incorporates a tangible, almost street aesthetic to the surface. Deeply rooted in methodology, the present work is a post-modern treatise on the boundaries that define the medium, pioneering the use of the inkjet printer in painting. A radical departure from preconceived notions of painting established before it, Untitled brings together the machine and the hand into intellectual invigorating and visually stunning concert.

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