Carl Ostendarp, ‘Constellation’, 2016, Porch Gallery

About Carl Ostendarp

Referencing Carl Ostendarp’s characteristic fusion of Pop, Minimalism, Color Field painting, and cartoons, art critic Jerry Saltz once mused that “If Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat, Jules Olitski and Roy Lichtenstein made art it together, it might look like Ostendarp’s.” His humorous paintings feature biomorphic forms (think “splats” and spills), words, and vibrant patches of color, and often extend beyond the canvas to cover part or all of the gallery walls. Music, too, is integral to these works because, as Ostendarp explains, “Somehow music has this quality of keeping us in the present tense, and I hope that this feeling spills over to the viewers’ experience of the visual work.” Thus, songs by the Velvet Underground and the Talking Heads not only constitute some of his exhibition titles, but also resound throughout his exhibition spaces.

American, b. 1961