"It Took a While to Find These Things"
May 20 to July 11, 2009 the OMC Gallery will be presenting
a selection of work by
and Purvis Young
The exhibition title is not only humorously reflecting the process of gathering the different pieces for exhibiting, but also describes the process of their creation.
While Wolfgang Herbold transforms existing visual results like photographs, Illustrations, screen shots, he is using digital processes leaving hardly any hint about, what has been the surface before. The microcosm of his images is fragmented and gives expression to the pleasure of de-hierarchization.
Urban contemporary painter Purvis Young transforms collected junk - discarded school books and business forms, parts of abandoned buildings, broken packing materials and sandwich signs and furniture, old linoleum tiles, anything found on the streets that paint can be applied to - into art. His work is featured in private collections throughout the world and 37 prestigious national public collections, including: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Studio Museum of Harlem and the American Folk Art Museum.
Ivo Dekovic's pieces show us interpretations of a very familiar object.
His cement TV monitor, left on the ground of the Mediterranean Sea for 9 months appears like a rediscovered relict of ancient times and his video monitor wrapped in a cocoon, showing random programs received through free air waves symbolizes a common situation: Us sitting in our home (cocoon) watching TV and taking those images as our reality.
Zwelethu Mthethwa and Willie Bester are represented with Mixed Media pieces, which use material from and mirror daily life in the townships of South Africa. Their intense and bold appearance stay in stark contrast to the often devastating and depressing Impression we get through the news. Both artists have gained wide international recognition and are also represented in the National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC.
Last but not least Stefan Volmer, whose "Wurf und Haken" and his book "Tragen" awarded as the most beautiful book of 1996, are perfect examples of his passion for detail within the "big picture" and complete this international selection, which is been shown for the first time in California.