Acrylique et huile sur toile | Acrylic and oil on canvas
250.0 x 210.0 cm
© ADAGP, Paris 2019
© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage
Albert Oehlen was seen as a pioneer because he opened his practice to new technologies, creating several drawings on a computer using one of the first computer-assisted graphic design programs he discovered during a stay in Los Angeles.
Drawing on these mechanical lines, characteristic of the aesthetic of the first computers, he created, between 1992 and 2007, a set of paintings called “Computer Paintings,” to which Untitled, 1992-2005, belongs. Described as “bionic” by the artist, these abstractions, mostly large-scale creations in black and white or in color, are made up of geometric forms and pixelized motifs (latticework, arrows, linear drawings). In transposing screen onto canvas, the artist retains the digital aspect of the drawing he then executes manually in a striking visual short-circuit. In an era when digital resources are opening new perspectives for rethinking painting, Albert Oehlen is taking a step back in time, substituting the expressive movement of the brush for the click of the mouse.