What gives me freedom, what encourages me to move, are the rules that I set up for myself. — Albert Oehlen
Central to Oehlen’s oeuvre is the innate freedom of the creative act. In this exhibition, he expresses this with erratic lines of various widths and weights that intertwine and spread across the space, which can be entered or viewed from the street. In a large work on paper, sparse gestures in black ink dance across a bright white ground. Though it precedes Oehlen’s Baumbilder (Tree Paintings), the work possesses a similar sense of weightlessness, as if the lines might float out of the frame to join the others on the walls. The seemingly infinite potential of the line is illustrated further in a recent painting, attesting to Oehlen’s deft ability to shift between media, translating his gestures as he goes.
Albert Oehlen was born in 1954 in Krefeld, Germany, and currently lives and works in Switzerland.
ALBERT OEHLEN: Drawings
Exhibition Dates: February 8–March 2, 2019
420a North Camden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA