Oliver Blum – Seelenspiegel – Cologne
Following Oliver Blum’s first solo show in autumn 2014 Hardhitta Gallery will present his next exhibition Der Seelenspiegel on October 17.. Blum, who was a student of Albert Oehlen, studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy from 2003 to 2008. Blum presents seven new paintings which have direct visual dialogue with Oehlen’s designed tiled floor that adorns the new permanent gallery space. The artist is best known for his dynamic experimental style of painting. He has found his individual ductus outside the standard forms and processes.
His partly large-format acrylic paintings open up doors of discovery and reflection for the viewer through their primitive structures and abstraction. “I am currently developing a picturesque language whose vocabulary is changing constantly, but their significance is based on fixed natural laws. For me, the
new paintings are vivid daydreams and inner visions at the same time.” (Oliver Blum)
Guided by an archaic understanding of form and color, Blum discovers new techniques whereby he develops new and strange paintings which ask questions and make demands. In his paintings there are scenes that are only visible for the audience at a second glance. Thus, for example, white hilltops hide behind colorful, kaleidoscopic light beams in the painting How to Build a Mountain.
Oliver Blum was born in 1978 in Düsseldorf. He lives and works in Düsseldorf.