For Art Brussel 2018 Martin Asbæk Gallery presents two artists whose works draws the beholder into a visual universe that balances on the border between the figurative and the non-figurative.
Oehlen works with a figurative point of origin that lurks behind the abstract expression, where the flickering veil by the vibrant lines creates a tension field between concrete and abstract form. Opposite this technic, Stub Wittrup works from a more conceptual mindset. With Perception Figures Stub Wittrup involves elements from perception research and thematises our awareness of reality, partly as a phenomenological and scientific project, partly as a constantly active project for the viewer in the encounter with the work. As with the photograph, which creates the illusion of space on the surface, our sensory apparatus cannot help projecting new spatialities into the figures.
There is a clear contrast between Oehlen’s vibrant and colorful universe, and Stub Wittrups tight minimalistic photographs, which both separates them and chain them together. Both Oehlen and Stub Wittrup operate between the figurative and non-figurative that lead the viewer to a form of third space, something in between that challenges the eye and the mind. With subtle devices, we are reminded of the often am-bivalent relationship between physicality and representation in our everyday interaction with objects and surroundings.