Information board '...work ...oscillated between figuration and abstraction, a dynamic that Oehlen constantly renews through the creation of rules and limitations that yield unpredictable results. Through the process, he has managed to reinvigorate seemingly exhausted genres of painting like portraiture, collage, and gestural abstraction. His work encapsulates both scepticism of and faith in painting in the face of shifting critical positions and technological innovations'.
This is the kind of work and working process I needed to see on this trip to New York to stimulate me into the next phase of my artistic work. Painting and printmaking is what I am most naturally drawn to, so to use paint as a critical medium in new ways is tricky to find.