Breaker/Corner/Dolby

O.W.P

2014, edition of 10

€350

This intriguing series of prints by OWP brings together a collection of the artist's ongoing fascinations. In his trademark style, the artist has hand drawn in painstaking detail, a host of surprising icons and symbols which on first glance appear completely unrelated but on closer inspection, links and meaning gradually become clear. Most of OWP's work is about ways of decoding groups of information. The artist intentionally sets up a situation where different elements first appear quite unconnected but by asking a few questions and with a little lateral thinking we can discover how they relate to one another in bizarre and often hard to fathom ways. In fact these drawings reflect a relatively modern way of thinking. The artist often references the idea of the 'internet attuned mind'. He has recently stated "When surfing the net, modern minds tend to make fluid changes of direction, connecting complex chains of information, one minute looking at new trainers, then trainers that look like hamburgers, then hamburger restaurants, then a restaurant location, then the history of the location. This could be the home of an 18th century magician to the birthplace of Edgar Allen Poe. Trainers to Edgar Allen Poe in 10 seconds." The internet is essentially a stream of complex codes in the form of images and text. These works separate out the thinking between each of the subjects, letting them float seemingly randomly among each other waiting for us to pick up the lines of thought and the internal references. Each work in the series is printed using a new archival pigment process, where inks are laid on to the surface of a coated polyester 'paper', giving these works luminescence and an highly tactile quality, perfectly conveying the original pen-work. This set is conceived as 3 related works, each with a collection of symbols on a background of geometric stylized wood. To continue this artifice the mysterious centre-pieces seem to be drawings of abstract, minimalist sculptures which may call to mind Brancusi or fairy castles but with a digital aesthetic crafted with a soft hand drawn quality. In a trademark way the geometry continues in the 4 carefully placed circles each containing an icon, 3 of which seem to have a clear pictorial relationship and one that doesn't seem to fit at all. They are all codes, symbols which come from computer programs or the internet. The birds and black angles are generic typefaces. The kind of pointless ones where the letters are replaced by symbols. They all say OWP. They are codes but also not actual codes. Just something that was made up by a computer programmer to look a bit Egyptian or code-like. Layer upon layer of references, a mention here, a quotation there and a deep investigation into something else. Available framed at 500 euros.

Dimensions: 3 boxed prints, each 297mm x 210mm
Framed work size: each 420mm x 320mm

Materials: Pigment print on polyester in covered printed box, including signed and numbered certificate of authenticity.

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Breaker/Corner/Dolby by O.W.P
Breaker/Corner/Dolby by O.W.P
Breaker/Corner/Dolby by O.W.P
Breaker/Corner/Dolby by O.W.P
Breaker/Corner/Dolby by O.W.P
Breaker/Corner/Dolby by O.W.P
Breaker/Corner/Dolby by O.W.P
Breaker/Corner/Dolby by O.W.P