THE PICTURES BEFORE
Surrounded by piles of newspapers, Oskar produced, in the mid-eighties, the first paintings in his series The Pictures Before.
The works that comprise this ambiguously titled series have their seeds in the collage technique. Each part is composed of fragments that interconnect single events in time, represented in a variety of forms. Rich colour fields convey the impression of both coalescence and distance simultaneously.
New contexts are created as the seeing mind makes novel cross-links between singular historical events within the pictures. The parts may well retreat into the background or, on the contrary, emerge into the foreground. As a result, the past turns into an event and time turns into a story. Time turns into time within the context of pictures and stories.
THE PICTURES BEHIND
The cornerstone elements of The Pictures Behind are two layers of paintings of equal value that are intrinsically tied to each other. The true underlying significance of this series derives from Oskars journey to Prague in 2008 and his preoccupation with the uvre of Franz Kafka at that time.
The picture within the picture finds itself dissociated by appearing as a stable, independent unity that responds to the needs and topics of its time. The discrepancy and movement of elements becomes evident and is visible in the background, able to be experienced as a complete whole.
In The Pictures Behind, the linkage of the separate events presented in immediate succession leads to questions, but without the intention to provide answers.