Acryl auf Acryl, 200 x 200 cm
To write about this work is always difficult - to meet the right tone in order to reduce the complexity of the theme to a minimum.
"A successful image contains a shaken measure of visual information, which should elude itself from the cannibalisation of language." (Oliver Dorfer, 2009)
The attempt of a meaningful, explanatory insight:
A picture says more than a thousand words. In the case of Oliver Dorder's work, this saying is more than appropriate. Dorfer's pictures should speak for themselves - by means of their own picture language, a syntax established out of signs from the world of films, comics, graphic designs and other pop culture influences that serve as the raw material for his work. The exhibition features an overview of the individual, parallel developing picture series that the artist describes as projects. Oliver Dorfer provides his new works with the description condensed graphic novel, thus ironically referencing the term graphic novel used in the Anglo-American world. The difference between film and comic is however that the comic strips are not ordered next to one another, but rather overlaid, creating interferences through the overlapping of the individual plains. This overlapping forms the essence of the picture - a type of multiple exposure. Dorfer accumulates and transforms picture sources and utilises multifaceted design arrangements that are available to the paintings. In his now almost two-decade career as an artistic, he has created a concise and distinctive picture language. His combination of different signs and symbols awaken associations, which however elude definite legibility - an effect that is desired by the artist. He combines classical painting, an eternal, perpetual and historically rich medium, with the discredited retro-technique of reverse-glass painting (acrylic on acrylic in his case) as well as with impressions and symbols from pop culture, which in return to the classics conveys the feeling of the rapid transience in a world of media. Oliver Dorfer generates new visual contexts through the abstraction and transformation of graphical structures. Based on the complex computer aided painting process, the ultimate result is a 2-dimensional, self-delineated picture. The importance of the horizon of the viewer flows at the reception of his work. The artist and the viewer use a common repertoire of characters - the ideas that they evoke may and should by all means diverge. A direct effect of information is not provided; rather one should engage his paintings as with a good piece of music, in letting the paintings engage oneself. The essence of his work is a consistent language in the painting to be done with contemporary means. A documentation of this creation process depicts the nordic print print-graphic cycle. This consists of works that deal with the creation of large format pulp projects images.
Born 1963 in Linz, Austria.
2009 Nordico, Museum der Stadt Linz
2009 Landesgalerie Linz
2009 hilger contemporary, Vienna
2009 Freight + Volume, New York
2008 Bonelli Arte Contemporanea, Mantova
2007 Artcore Gallery, Toronto