The Marciano Art Foundation presents Line Packers”, a special exhibition, conceived by Cornelius Tittel, of two German painters Peppi Bottrop (b. 1986, Bottrop) and Albert Oehlen (b. 1954, Krefeld). Beginning March 1, the foundation’s Lounge Gallery will feature Bottrop’s line-drawing paintings responding to the architecture of the Lounge Gallery itself alongside works from Oehlen’s Computer Paintings, a series that the artist began in the early 1990s, which is now regarded as a turning point for contemporary painting.
Bottrop’s work is conceived as a meditation on his hometown, a once prominent coal mining and rail center in the Ruhr region. Bottrop employs charcoal—a metaphor for what once powered the world, and a nod to the now-defunct mechanical industry—in an expansive wall-drawing engraved into slabs of Fermacell, a material now replacing sheetrock or gypsum used in the construction of institutional architecture.
Oehlen’s Computer Paintings, which will be affixed to Bottrop’s walls, made between 1992 and 2008, exemplify Oehlen’s pioneering role as one of the first contemporary painters to explore the nascent capabilities and limits of drawing and line-making through the use of a now-rudimentary Texas Instruments computer. The wall-drawings and supports by Bottrop juxtaposed with Oehlen’s Computer Paintings suggest new possibilities for the line in painting. This line, embedded materially into the Fermacell walls, offers a proposition for the medium of painting to re-define itself. The two autonomous, yet mutually-dependent works establish a place of intensive communication and self-exploration, supporting one another in this single, temporary unification that looks to Wilshire Blvd. and Los Angeles, a city that is just as easily defined by its own lines of interstate and highway infrastructure.
Accompanying this exhibition will be a new text by the arts writer and science fiction novelist, Mark von Schlegell.
Albert Oehlen was born in Krefeld, Germany in 1954, and lives and works in Switzerland. From 1978 to 1981 he studied at Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg. From 2000 to 2009, Oehlen owned a Professorship in Painting at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf. Albert Oehlen´s work was included in the 55th Biennale di Venezia in 2013 and 2018 will see a major retrospective of Oehlen’s work opening at the Pinault Collection, Palazzo Grassi in Venice. Recent solo presentations of his work include Ö, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana (2017); Woods near Oehle, Cleveland Museum of Art, Behind the Image, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain, Georg Baselitz Albert Oehlen, Kunstverein Reutlingen, Germany (all 2016/2017); Home and Garden, New Museum, New York, An Old Painting in Spirit, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich (both 2015); Die 5000 Finger von Dr. Ö, Museum Wiesbaden, Germany (2014); Painting, mumok, Vienna (2013); Terpentin, Kunstmuseum Bonn ( 2012 ); Carré d´Art – Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes, France (2011); Fingermalerei, Emil Schumacher Museum, Hagen, Germany (2010); Réalité abstraite, Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2009/2010); Museo di Capodimonte, Naples (2009); I Will Always Champion Good Painting/I Will Always Champion Bad Painting, Whitechapel Gallery, London/Arnolfini, Bristol (2006); I Know Whom You Showed Last Summer, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (2005), FRAC Auvergne, Écuries de Chazerat, Clermont-Ferrand, France ( both 2005 ); Secession, Vienna (2004/2005); Selbstportrait mit 50millionenfacher Lichtgeschwindigkeit: Peintures/Malerei/Pinturas, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland (2004, traveled to: Domus Artium 2002, Salamanca, Spain, 2004/2005 and Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany 2005); Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg, France (2002); Terminale Erfrischung: Computercollagen und Malerei, Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover, Germany (2001); Der Ritt der sieben Nutten. Das war mein Jahrhundert, with Markus Oehlen, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany (2000/2001) and Malerei, Kunsthalle Vierseithof, Luckenwalde, Germany (2000) among others.
Peppi Bottrop was born 1986 in Bottrop, Germany and lives and works in Düsseldorf, where he graduated from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Bottrop is known for his large site-specific graphite and charcoal drawings on different carriers like canvas and Fermacell boards. His most recent body of work explores socio-economical shifts linked to architecture, city planning and property development. His work has been shown in numerous solo and group shows including Jan Kaps, Cologne; Galerie Bernhard, Zurich; Saloon, Brussels; Fondazione Carriero Milan and Museum Quadrat, Bottrop amongst others.