June 13 - July 11, 2015
Opening: Saturday, June 13, 6:00-8:00pm
CHICAGO— It is with pleasure that Corbett vs. Dempsey announces Albert Oehlen, Rawhide , an exhibition of recent canvases and works on paper. This is Oehlen’s third solo show with CvsD.
In 2007, Oehlen made his first paintings to incorporate billboard fragments, over which paint was smeared by finger, a nod to the bygone joys of subverting the signs and symbols of commercial capitalism. Five years later, in 2011, the artist began a series of pieces consisting of paper on canvas, in which similar billboard images are cut and collaged directly onto the canvas, forgoing paint altogether. This concise body of works, which was continued in 2013 (and will be finished later this year), led to further explorations of the potentialities of cut and interlocking billboard on canvas, an extensive group of which has used references to other paintings – Artschwager, Dalí, older works by Oehlen himself – as contour guides for the cutting and collaging. However the initial canvases utilized images taken from a guidebook to the cows of the Appenzell region, sort of a typology of Swiss beef. In eye-popping colors, sometimes featuring images that confuse, undercut, or amplify the cow silhouette, often with hilarious results, these works are unlike any other contemporary canvases, an invention that’s all Oehlen. CvsD will debut the cows in a herd of six canvases, together with a brand new batch of works on paper, which are also dedicated to the Appenzell cattle.
One of the foremost contemporary painters, Oehlen was recently awarded an honorary doctorate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he has served as a visiting professor. Among Oehlen’s many museum exhibitions, two are currently hanging: An Old Painting in Spirit , at the Kunsthalle, Zürich, and Home and Garden , at the New Museum, New York.
Rawhide is accompanied by a full-color catalog with an essay by Carroll Dunham.