Albert Oehlen describes his paintings as ‘post-non-representational’.
“He offers the canvas as a rudimentary plan, a crude impression of possibility.”
“Albert Oehlen combines aspects of figurative sexuality, mechanical distance and painterly abstraction.”
“Albert Oehlen doesn’t use paint to convey meaning, but rather to explore the possibilities of the medium’s ‘function’.”
You can read more of the professional ‘art speak’ about his work at– http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/artists/albert_oehlen.htm and http://www.mycontemporary.com/en/artistes/albert-oehlen
I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures.
DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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Truly awesome work – I am headed to his site pronto…