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MARKUS OEHLEN

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Markus Oehlen – "Todo debe irse" (Picasso) (2017)

Markus Oehlen (2015)

Markus Oehlen (2014, Oslo)

Markus Oehlen (2014)

Markus Oehlen (2012, Oslo)

Markus Oehlen (2011)


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Markus Oehlen Untitled (2014) Acrylic on canvas 100 x 80 cm


Markus Oehlen Untitled (2014) Acrylic on canvas 100 x 80 cm


Markus Oehlen Untitled (2014) Acrylic on canvas 100 x 80 cm


Markus Oehlen Untitled (2014) Acrylic on canvas 73 x 60 cm


Markus Oehlen Untitled (2014) Acrylic on canvas 100 x 80 cm


Markus Oehlen Untitled (2014) Acrylic on canvas 100 x 80 cm


Markus Oehlen Untitled (2014) Acrylic on canvas 73 x 60 cm





Markus Oehlen

Exhibition duration: November 27, 2014–January 17, 2015

Gerhardsen Gerner is pleased to announce the fourth solo exhibition with German painter Markus Oehlen.

Markus Oehlen is one of the outstanding representatives of the Neue Wilden movement, which was especially active in Germany during the 1980s, and used a punk attitude that stood in opposition to Minimalism. The aim was to attack the high-browed nature of Minimalism with a style of painting that is based on instinct and gesturally emphasizes the wild, spontaneous, obsessive and sensual.

Oehlen has continuously developed his work and, in parallel with painting, also works on sculptures and musical projects. His later works are increasingly inspired by the perceptual experiments of Op Art, with printed image interferences that occur in grid-like patterns above and below the layers of the picture. Along with forms that are oriented toward computer aesthetics, this brings an aspect of serialism to the images. It can be understood as a humorous and ironic commentary on the expressive nature of painting and – in retrospect – on the Neuen Wilden movement itself.

Markus Oehlen's complex, layered pictures are composed of a plethora of found images, shapes and distorted painterly elements which, separated from their previous context, take on a new function and meaning. By rearranging the individual compositional elements of the canvasses in the context of art, Markus Oehlen creates surreal still-lifes that were not originally so intended, playing with the notion of randomness and suggesting strange narratives.

At Gerhardsen Gerner OSLO, Markus Oehlen presents new small and medium-sized canvases that favourite portraits and nude compositions. The artist focuses on lines, color and composition, and places the motif further and further in the background. The density of information and the multiple layers of the images are reduced in favor of more abstract content.

Markus Oehlen was born in 1956 in Krefeld. Since 2002 he has been a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.

Institutional exhibitions among others LVR–LandesMuseum Bonn; Kunsthalle Gießen; Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden; Centro Cultural Andratx; ZKM, Karlsruhe; Ursula Blickle Stiftung; Frankfurter Kunstverein; Haus der Kunst, München; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach; MoMA, New York.


For further information please contact Marina Gerner-Mathisen, Gerhardsen Gerner, Oslo: marina@gerhardsengerner.com

or Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin: T: +49-30-69 51 83 41, F: +49-30-69 51 83 42, office@gerhardsengerner.com or visit our website at http://www.gerhardsengerner.com
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