David Ostrowski has produced a body of work that revolves around the idea of the zero point – a place of nothingness or the beyond of cultural and painterly codes. Ostrowski’s paintings are products of a desire to eliminate painterly knowledge. They are expressions of the idea that in producing notions of emptiness, one also grapples with and comments on the history of painting. The Cologne-based artist’s light-handed and complex approaches to the non-motif open the space of the canvas to unique breaches of perception and an unexpected freedom of seeing. Even the materials used in Ostrowski’s work testify to a striking attempt at reduction. He uses little more than canvas, primer, emulsion, spray paint and wooden strips along with found pieces of paper, cardboard, adhesive tape or textile. His largely monochrome works are created in an artistic process that relies on both an instinctive refusal of pictorial conventions and the methodical use of coincidences and errors.
Selected public collections: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Colección Jumex, Mexico City; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv
Acrylic and lacquer on canvas, wood 101 × 81 cm
Starting bid: € 10.000.– ( Low estimate: € 20.000 - High estimate: € 30.000 )
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Kilian Jay von Seldeneck
DE - 10178 Berlin